Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk holds up glass of water to demonstrate importance of freshwater.
NEW YORK — Sunday, March 22, is World Water Day 2015.
The 2015 theme is “Water and Sustainable Development,” which is about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want.
World Water Day is marked on March 22 every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.
In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world shining the spotlight on a different issue every year. This issue is also the theme of the annual UN World Water Development Report which is launched on World Water Day.
American Indians and Alaska Natives have long held that water is sacred. Water is to be treated with respect because it sustains us in our daily lives.
“Water is our medicine. It comes from the sacred places where the medicine comes from. We struggle to continue to take care of our waters,” Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Audrey Sisk told a group on the steps of California’s State Capitol last year.
Water is essential to human health. The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water. Water is essential to our survival. Regular hand washing, is for example one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.
Each tribe should have a sustainable plan to preserve water for this and future generations.