Did you know last Monday, March 22nd, was World Water Day? Maybe you participated in the world’s longest toilet queue? Or hung on every character of the tweets hashed #WorldWaterDay? Or participated in one of the hundreds of other events held round the world?
Or—like me—did you miss it?
I’m not a big fan of ‘days’ for recognizing environmental issues. It takes more than 1/365 of our attention to do something great: No one makes the final four by practicing one day a year. Just because it’s the 29th instead of the 22nd doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue to pay attention to the fact that 1.1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water; that bad water kills 4,000 children a day, or that—according to the World Bank—the demand for clean water will exceed demand by 40% in twenty years. These are issues that should inform the decisions we make year-round, from the politicians we elect to the appliances in our homes.
A single day is only good if it can create sustained momentum—something we’ll do well to remember as another big environmental day approaches in April. So to do our part to maintain the flow, now that the ‘official day’ is past, this week in The Thought Kitchen we’ll be focusing on how design can help improve issues around water. From the work of our partners to smart architectural ideas to compelling graphic design, check back all week for water-themed conversations. Got something water related you’d like to discuss? Toss it down in the comments below. Until then, here’s a short roundup of news and design ideas to kick off WAWWD: Week After World Water Day.
- Portland: University of Portland Stops Selling Bottled Water. The start of a movement?
- Partners For Change: Ecotrust installs water-free urinals. Just guess how many thousands of gallons those little flushes add up to.
- Product Design: Swissmiss turns us on to the Bobble water bottle with built in filter
- Architecture: Inspiration Wall takes a look at Seattle’s Growing Vine Street, an example of landscape architecture in touch with the Pacific Northwest rainfall.
- Photography: Check out Boston.com’s Big Picture for a collection of water-issue themed photos from last week’s World Water Day
- Outdoor Sport: Two of the best stories the archives of The Collective: How whitewater can be an outlet for pursuing your dreams, and how that connection can turn an athlete into an activist.