4 ways to celebrate World Water Day

March 22, 2016, 10:55 a.m.
A mountain lake reflects the surrounding peaks.
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The United Nation's World Water Day is a perfect time to remember how precious little fresh water we have, and how to keep it safe. There are big steps we can take to help ensure fresh water for future generations, such as lowering the water footprint of our food by eliminating the most water-intensive ingredients from our menus (primarily meat and dairy) or getting involved in local politics to reduce water waste on a community level.

But there are also simple things you can do today that will make a difference. We have four suggestions.

1. Explore the U.N.'s World Water Day website. The resource has facts and information about the state of the planet's fresh water, inspiring stories about the importance of water, downloadable teaching materials and social media kits. You'll learn a lot and gain some ideas for next steps you can take.

2. Take notes for one day on how much water you use from when you wake up to when you go to bed. You don't have to do precise measurements. Just knowing how much you use and taking stock is helpful in realizing where you can cut back on fresh water use.

3. Visit water.org and see how you might take part, from making a financial donation to donating a photo. You can even support the cause through your own athletic events like marathons or bike races. Whatever route you choose, you're helping to get clean water to those who need it.

4. Watch a water documentary tonight or this week. We recommend "Blue Gold: World Water Wars," "Tapped" and "FLOW." You'll not only become well-informed about the global water crisis, but you'll also be inspired to make a change for the better.

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