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.
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.
Office of the Governor
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