World Water Day observed, the PUC celebrates Belize's water affluence

Today is being celebrated as World Water Day. There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. That’s a lot of people. Belize joined the world in celebrating world water day. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in collaboration with several other organizations has planned a number of activities to celebrate world water day. Today opening ceremonies for an open day fair was held at the Princess Hotel and casino. The day was first formally proposed in agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Observance began in 1993 and has grown significantly ever since; for the general public to show support, it is encouraged for the public to not use their taps throughout the whole day. It is set aside to raise awareness of the scarcity of water in certain parts of the world and even wars that are water related. Director for water in the PUC Rudolph Williams was one of the members of today’s event and he shares more.

Rudolph Williams, Director for Water in the PUC
What we are trying to do now is highlight the role that water plays in our daily lives. It was set up by the United Nations and every year, except last year, Belize usually celebrates this event and this year we want us to look at the linkages between water and food security and how the water continues in making sure that we have food on our able to eat. Any abundance of any commodity is usually taken for granted and here in Belize, we tend to don’t pay much attention to the management of our water resources and I keep telling my colleagues and other people that yes we have a lot water, but if we don’t manage it properly, we will end up with the most dirties water in the Americas.

Belize boast the lead in the Americas for the country that has the most water per capital, yet according to guest speaker Hon. Gasper Vega it distributed disproportionately.

Hon. Gaspar Vega
Belize is the envy of the Americas; we gross the highest per capital water throughout the Americas. Belize is blessed with great wealth, a healthy nation with sufficient arable land. However, many Belizeans are unaware that nature has blessed us with yet another great wealth untold and that is water.

The organizers tried to engage students through a poster and essay competitions – Williams explains more. Water.

Rudolph Williams
When I conduct tours, I usually tell my students that I appreciate their presence and I try to impress on them the roles that water resources play in their lives, because they are the ones that we can mould. We cannot mould the old people who have already made up their minds to misuse and abuse our water. So what we did this year was to engage the students in a thought process of the essays, where they had to research the linkage between water and food and we believe that if that research has impacted on the relationship that they have with the egos systems and water systems then we have at least won the battle at that level. I must say that this year, the research and the amount of participation for the essay level has been a lot better than previous years.

World water day for 2012 was celebrated under the theme “Water and Food Security: The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry” Join the World Water Day 2012 campaign and commit to be a more responsible citizen of planet earth.

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