Notes from OHHQ

Celebrating World Water Day with Ocean Heroes!

March 3, 2021

By 2030, 700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity. By 2040, it is estimated that one in four of the world’s children under 18 – some 600 million in all – will be living in areas of extremely high water stress.  And by 2050, rising populations in flood prone lands, climate change, deforestation, loss of wetlands and rising sea levels are expected to increase the number of people vulnerable to flood disaster to 2 billion. 

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To raise awareness for these issues, the UN Water hosts World Water Day every March 22nd. This year, we’re celebrating at Ocean Heroes HQ by hosting Lakshika Khurana, Cash Daniels and Michelle and Jeremy Muchilwa for our March Fishbowl. Together, we’ll explore what water means to communities across the world and how we can better protect this shared vital resource. Register HERE!

“Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself...water is also at the heart of adaptation to climate change, serving as the crucial link between the climate system, human society and the environment.” -- United Nations

We also asked a few Ocean Heroes about how water, and water insecurity, shows up in their lives or within their community. From Montserrat to the U.S., Barbados and Kenya, each Ocean Hero answered these questions:

  • How does water or water insecurity impact you and your community?
  • How does water play a role in your home and family life, your livelihood, your cultural practices, your wellbeing, your local environment? 
  • Why do we need to protect water? 

Explore the similarities and differences from the stories of the global Ocean Heroes Network, read or watch their responses below! 

Cash Daniels, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 11 years old

Hi, my name is Cash, known as the Conservation Kid! I am eleven years old from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Water conservation is very important because without clean water we cannot live on this planet. I get my drinking water from the Tennessee River, and the Tennessee River was actually tested to have more microplastics than any other river in the world. When I learned this, I started to do river clean-ups and educate people on what they can do to fight this pollution. 

Shiza Hussain, Foxborough, Massachusetts, 13 years old 

Hi my name is Shiza Hussain, I’m thirteen, and I live in Massachusetts. Since World Water Day is coming up, we all have to realize how important water is in our everyday lives. It is so important for our livelihoods, our families, and our local environments. The value I place on water is so high because water is what brings everything here. Everything, you can look around, has water in its process somehow. Water is so important for us and due to plastic pollution and lowering the quality of water, we have to find a way to stop it. 

Maria Marshall, Bridgetown, Barbados, 11 years old

Hello! My name is Maria Marshall and I am eleven years old, and I am from the beautiful island of Barbados.

Why do we all need to protect water? Water gives life to everything on this planet; we need water to survive. Protecting the world's water should not be an abstract thought, it should be a real serious mission that we are all involved in. Water means life can exist, therefore no water means no life.

Jeremy Muchilwa, Kisumu, Kenya, 13 years old

Hi everyone, my name is Jeremy Muchilwa, I am thirteen years old and I am an Ocean Hero from Kisumu, Kenya.

I believe we should protect the water because it is a provider. Like in the case of Lake Victoria, it is a climate regulator. It provides us with food, it provides us with water and it is currently sustaining 40 million lives in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. And it is also sustaining our ecosystems, so basically protecting water is protecting life. 

Michelle Muchilwa, Kisumu, Kenya, 15 years old 

Hi everyone. My name is Michelle Muchilwa, I am fifteen years old, and I am an Ocean Hero from Kisumu, Kenya. I remember growing up on the shores of Lake Victoria, splashing in the clear water with my sister, building sand castles on the beaches, and eating plenty of fish from the lake.

For me, my community, and my family, water is a provider. It provides food, a sense of security, and water for us to use in our everyday lives. And it provides for the local environment as well, allowing amazing biodiversity and beautiful ecosystems to thrive. This is why it is important to protect water. 

Keilah Ryan, Plymouth, Montserrat, 12 years old

I value water because it has amazing sightings underwater and it is very beautiful to see and sometimes I would go to clubs that involve swimming and diving and I feel like a mermaid once I'm under the water and it is very relaxing and that's why I value water.

 

Information sourced from UNESCO 2012, Global Water Institute 2013, UNICEF 2017