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2024 World Water Day – Water for peace

The City of Pointe-Claire would like to highlight the United Nations’ World Water Day to raise awareness for the global water and sanitation issues. This year’s theme of Water for Peace evokes the idea that water can enable peace if shared and protected, guiding the world through daunting circumstances related to politics, environment, and society.

However, with this resource being scarce and polluted in several areas of the world, it can also spark tension and conflict between communities, who continue to survive with unequal or limited access to clean drinking water.

A burden we all share

According to the United Nations, 2.2 billion people worldwide live without access to safe drinking water. For perspective, that is about 56 times the population of Canada. The organization also revealed that roughly half of the world’s population experiences severe water scarcity for at least a part of the year.

Water is at the core of several sectors of society, including public health and prosperity, food and energy systems, economic productivity, and environmental integrity. It is crucial for society and for the well-being of our planet and all living beings.

In practicing sustainable water consumption habits, we allow this resource to be preserved, shared, and protected. With climate change and the growing world population, it has never been more crucial to take action.

Consult our environmental column Drinking water: a precious resource for tips on how to consume water responsibly.

Be apart of the ripple affect, it takes us all to make a difference.