World Water Day is a fairly new global observance. It was proposed in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The holiday was adopted in 1993. On this day the public is encouraged to turn off their tap and not use them for the entire day in an effort to conserve water and appreciate this valuable natural resource.
As awareness for this day grows so too does the awareness of the general public about the safety and availability of clean water around the world. 71% of the Earth's surface is covered by water and yet so many countries are unable to provide citizens with clean, safe drinking water.
Bringing World Water Day to Your Classroom
It's important that children understand and appreciate the importance of clean water. You can help them not only learn about how to conserve water but also how to help other countries provide clean water to their citizens.
Teacher Planet offers water day resources that range from fund raising activities to clip art. You can find water day lesson plans and a vast list of teaching resources and information. You'll be amazed what your young students can accomplish when they know how they can help.