Andy SailingTo celebrate  2012 as the year of the Water Dragon in Chinese Astrology, Wildopeneye Blog will launch a series of water related features commencing with a brief look at World Water Day, followed by some really odd facts about water and some shocking facts about water use. Then we’ll have part one of our marine comic strip and some educational videos about the way water makes life on Earth possible in some unusual ways from The Earth Explorer Series.

World Water Day is held annually on March 22. The event focuses global attention on this vital resource and the current state of human relationships with water. The official ceremony, coordinated by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) was held at the FAO headquarters in Rome and this year’s event focused on Water And Food Security – this was a major focus at Rio’s Earth Summit too. Amongst other important messages the event posed and answered the question “How much water do we eat?”,  revealing the “virtual water” content of some of our most popular food items in an exhibition at the UN’s World Water Day. Roughly how much water do you think goes into the production of a pizza? A staggering 1200 litres is the answer!

It was a thought-provoking and stimulating event with a series of expert talks and panel discussion on the Water And Food Security theme in the morning, culminating with an address and live musical performance by FAO Goodwill Ambassador Anggun. In the afternoon there was  a series of side events commencing with a presentation of the 4th edition of the United Nations World Development Report “Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk” By the UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) that was launched in Marseille earlier this month.

2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon in Chinese Astrology

2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon in Chinese Astrology

This was followed by “From field to fork” looking at reduction of our “water footprint” by reducing food waste and switching to sustainable diets and “Taste the Waste” a documentary film about the worldwide destruction of food by Valentin Thurn which questions why we throw away so much and how we can reduce such waste.

Exhibitions on The Water We Eat, Frutt’Art, Rural water use and governance in Central America and illustrations of the World’s crops ran throughout the day.

For more information please see the official website for UN’s World Water Day.

Here’s a video on the subject of water footprints.

The next feature will cover some surprising facts about water and its use.