Its yet another occasion to mark the annual Earth Day with the theme: ‘Environmental and climate literacy’, which aims at educating on sustainable environment with regards t knowledge of the global climate change.
Albeit celebrating Earth Day in the past had always drawn attention to basic needs of man, It is unfortunate that as the celebrtion gathers momentum towards its 50 years of existence, the availability of a fundamental requirement for human existence on the earth planet, water, remains unavailable to millions of people all around the world.
According to the statistics published by international development organization WaterAid, 695 million people out of the 1.2 billion total population of Africa for example are known to be surviving without basic sanitation and 395 million people are without clean water.
Africa’s population is expected to reach almost 2.2 billion by 2030, but statistcs show that only 32% of Sub-Saharan Africans will have access to sanitation by 2030.
In Nigeria alone, from available data by WASHwatch the collaborative monitoring platform set up by WaterAid, 57 million people don’t have access to safe water, over 130 million people don’t have access to adequate sanitation which is two third of the population and around 45,000 children under five years old die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.
So to realise its commitment to build a sustainable value that adds to the future, leading provider of sanitary fittings, German’s Grohe Technology developed a wide portfolio of advanced product technologies and launched also a series of awareness campaigns and programs to change mindsets and habits.
One of such programmes is the 2009 GROHE’s Green Mosque Initiative in many countries, whereby the company partners with local entities to install water-efficient products in the ablution rooms of mosques to help the respective regions achieve sustainable reduction in water consumption.
Muslim worshippers’ ritual ablutions consume between 10 and 15 liters of water per day. Every possibility to save water therefore has a great impact on consumption. As mosques play an important role in people’s day-to-day lives.
The initiative has reduced water consumption for the cleansing rituals by roughly 30 percent which is good for the environment and helps cut costs.
According to Vice President, GROHE, Egypt, North and West Africa, Mohammed Ataya, “Water saving taps and showers and water saving flush systems are two of the main ways that everyday citizens can contribute to protecting the environment, and sustainability is one of the core values and a top priority in the creation of every GROHE product for bathrooms and from the design to development stages.
Ataya adds that “Quality materials, first-class design and advanced engineering all play an important role in saving water.
GROHE agrees strongly with the Earth Day ethos that everyone needs to be empowered with the knowledge and the products to inspire action and protect the environment.
The individual choice to reduce water consumption is only one of the many strategies needed to address the issue of water scarcity but it gives each person a role to play in protecting the planet.
On January 28, 1969, a drilling-induced crack in the Santa Barbara Channel released more than 3 million tonnes of crude oil into the water. It formed black waves that struck the Southern California coastline and washed upon beaches in an eerie silence, carrying with them seabirds and animals drowning in oil. Across America, an outpouring of frustration seemed to match that of the crack in the channel bed.
The disaster would mark the beginnings of the environmental movement. A year later, on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans gathered across the country to raise awareness for environmental issues – Earth Day was born.
This year, the focus of the campaign is designed to improve environmental and climate literacy. This means providing people with an education in climate change concepts, so as to raise awareness and help them to get involved in the future of our planet. Education lies at the heart of any action to empower the public and environmental protection is no different.
About one billion people are expected to participate in programmes marking this year’s Earth day all over the world.