Above: Early start by fishermen on the Bodensee on a misty autumn morning (HL).
22 March is World Water Day:
An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations (UN) General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.
Cape Town’s dwindling fresh water supply has once again raised attention and a call to examine usage, recycling, and waste of available drinking water.
I list the following examples of fresh water bodies to question our interaction with and impact on water sources, and to ask whether water is truly free and whether some people are more “free” to receive water than others.
- Aachener Weiher: Cologne, Germany
- Akaka Falls: Hawaii, USA
- Aussenalster: Hamburg, Germany
- Bodensee: Unteruhldingen, Germany
- Capilano Lake: Vancouver, Canada
- Eibsee: Grainau, Germany
- Embalse Puclaro: Región de Coquimbo, Chile
- Foz do Iguaçu: Brazil
- Lake Burley Griffin: Canberra, Australia
- Lake Matheson: New Zealand’s South Island
- Lake Ontario: Toronto, Canada
- Lake Washington: Seattle, USA