Nagpur: World Water Day (WWD) is a Global event observed annually on 22nd March focusing on the significance of water resources, its conservation, water related issues, inspiring citizens to take action to make a difference for sustainable management of water resources. This day can be traced back to the Agenda 21 of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held at Rio De Janerio, where celebration of the event was proposed in 1993, when first World Water Day was witnessed on March 22.
Green Vigil Foundation, an NGO, who has been working relentlessly from past six years for the existence and deteriorating condition of water bodies of the Nagpur city conducted a citizen outreach campaign at Futala lake, on the occasion of World Water Day 2016.The members of the Foundation interacted with citizens on the urgency of water conservation; the grim condition of the water resources on planet due to increased anthropogenic activities hampering the aquatic ecosystems and habitats; the severity of the water related issues from water scarcity, drought, to increased water borne diseases, rise in mortality rates due to inadequate or impure water supply; the steps to be followed by citizens to decrease their water footprints by altering their daily water–use for sustainable lifestyles.
Another motto of the campaign was to aware citizens on the unmetered wastage of water during the Holi festival, formerly called as festival of colors; our modern style of celebrating Holi using buckets of water, pipes,rain dance etc. leads to loss of enormous water, which could serve many water scarce areas, who have been ending their lives for a drop of water.
While talking to Nagpur Today, Dr. Kavita Rattan, Founder President, Green Vigil Foundation said, the key aim of celebrating WWD Worldwide designated by United General Assembly was to promote clean water and sustainable aquatic habitats, critical issues related to water and spreading the word to the people to reduce the use of water than necessary, such campaigns mechanize in the same line, motivating citizens to join the program.