Día Mundial del Agua - Cada gota cuenta!

¿Pronto en Carraizo?Today is World Water Day. While you might think that I'm going to go off on another rant on who sets, manages, and officiates over these "world days", I'm going to resist. I believe that water scarcity, which is the theme of this years' World Water Day celebration, is incredibly important and is one to which we should be able to relate and be more aware. I'll have to include myself in the list of people who've forgotten what it was like in 1995 when Puerto Rico suffered a massive drought that caused forced water rationing.

Of course, the browning grass and constant brush fires around our neighborhoods are stark reminders of our ongoing drought this year. While we haven't seen any rationing yet this year, I'm nervous. I'm nervous because dealing with water rationing sucks, and because Puerto Rico is irresponsibly unprepared for a severe water shortage. We are completely dependent upon our fresh water reservoirs. We are isolated from the alternative fresh water sources by salt water that we have no way to convert into potable water. While unlike many countries around the world, we enjoy a generous supply of fresh water, however due to overpopulation and mismanagement we could easily deplete those supplies until life becomes equal to those countries facing severe drought-like conditions.

The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22nd of each year as the World Day for Water by adopting a resolution.This world day for water was to be observed starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development contained in chapter 18 (Fresh Water Resources) of Agenda 21.

This year's theme highlights the increasing significance of water scarcity worldwide and the need for increased integration and cooperation to ensure sustainable, efficient and equitable management of scarce water resources, both at international and local levels.

Here in Puerto Rico, I don't know of any manifestations for this important reminder of our vulnerability except for Dasani, part of the Coca-Cola Company. For every bottle of Dasani purchased, they will make a donation to various local institutions dedicated to serve children with special needs. I applaud Dasani for celebrating World Water Day and spreading awareness for water scarcity, but I wonder why they aren't donating the funds collected to organizations dedicated to preserving fresh water in Puerto Rico? I'm disgusted by their use of this important issue and our compassion for children with special needs to promote their brand. I think it is insincere and manipulative.

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