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Illinois World Water Day 

 

2012 Illinois World Water Day

 

On March 22, the United Nations will mark International World Water Day, a day to celebrate freshwater and recognize its impact in our lives. Each year, the UN focuses on a different water theme, and this year we will be exploring the significance of water and food security.
According to the UN World Water Day site, “International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.”

In the Governor’s Office we recognize the critical importance of water and food security initiatives in Illinois. In a 2005 report to the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Professor Christopher Lant writes, “Illinois...face[s] substantial water resources problems...stem[ming] primarily from the complex interplay between agriculture and water quantity and quality” (Lant, 2005, 2). 

As responsible stewards of our environment we must ensure that we deliver a green, clean Land of Lincoln to future generations. With this charge motivating our efforts, we are pleased to announce a three-pronged “Illinois-edition” of UN World Water Day. Each of these three synchronized events targets a different constituency that will sustain our water and food security initiatives across the state.  

  1. Project Exploration

Click on the link above for more information on Project Exploration, our middle & high school outreach component of UN World Water Day. The program provides an engaging and educational avenue for students around Illinois to participate in UN World Water Day.

    2. 2012 Illinois World Water Day of Service

Click on the link above for more information on 2012 Illinois World Water Day of Service. This program provides an opportunity for college and university students across Illinois to engage hands-on with the issues of water and food security through targeted volunteer activities.

    3.  Interfaith Gathering in honor of UN World Water Day

Click on the link above for more information on an Interfaith Gathering on March 22nd, 2012 in the Governor's Office where religious leaders assembled and developed shared strategies to address water and food security

 

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