World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water, to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle water and sanitation issues. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.
Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods. Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. Environmental damage, together with climate change, is driving the water-related crises we see around the world. Floods, drought and water pollution are all made worse by degraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes. When we neglect our ecosystems, we make it harder to provide everyone with the water we need to survive and thrive.
Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. We need to do so much more with ‘green’ infrastructure and harmonize it with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible. Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands will rebalance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods.
Every year, UN-Water proposes a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a current or future challenge. World Water Day 2018 ’Nature for Water’ will show the potential of nature-based solutions for water and how they can be considered for water management policy and practice. This year’s theme explores how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.
Yenepoya Institute of technology , Moodbidri in association with APD Foundation and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board celebrated World Water Day 2078 March 22nd 2018 at YIT campus
Dr Maheshwari Singh, Assistant Environment Officer, KSPCB, Mangaluru and Sri Madhu S Manohar. Environmental engineer, Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC), Mangaluru inaugurated the event by planting a sapling.
Principal of YIT Rajesh G. D’souza and Bharat Raj of Bharat Corporation were present. Various competitions on the theme ‘ Nature for Water ‘ were conducted for Students.
In his keynote address, Mr Madhu Manohar said , “India has been getting highest rainfall and we have more than two thousand rivers. Still we hear states fighting over water. Rather than preserving the water sources , our generation is misusing them . Bangalore city has 266 lakes in 1950s but now has only 33 or less and they too are getting polluted. We are selling water for Rs. 20 to Rs. 60 and even more, something which our previous generations would have laughed at. It is glaring that we see water bottles and no water everywhere.”
He urged the students to invest their time and knowledge to develop technologies for rain water harvesting and water conversation.
Chief guest Dr, Maheswari Singh said , Our ancestors saw it in rivers , we see it in wells and our future generation will have to see it in their tears ,” She advised the students regarding simple practices to save waste water.
Dr Rajesh G D’souza, the Principal of YIT , Moodbidri observed that the solutions to many problems the planet and environment face lie in the young engineers .
A short film made on the subject by the students of YIT was screened at the venue.
Students from various departments participated in competitions conducted on the theme Nature for water. Hamza and Mohd Rauf were the winners of the quiz which was conducted by Abdul Ahad. Sumanth and team from fourth semester won the Script and Act. Ms Susmitha V of fourth semester and Rohith Krishnan of second semester bagged the first and second prize for elocution competition. First and second prizes of pick and speak was won by Ms Hafisa Haris and Ms Pavithra Hegde of fourth semester respectively . Nithesh Rao of fourth semester won the drawing competition As Karthik D Naik of fourth semester bagged the second prize .