International World Water Day is scheduled to take place today March 22nd, 2012. In response, surfers across the globe are planning some great events this month. Here’s a quick rundown on what International World Water Day is for and some of what’s planned:
About the Day
International World Water Day has been in existence since 1993. It was created with the help of the United Nations General Assembly in an effort to shine a light on the importance of freshwater. Each year the focus remains on water but the theme changes. The theme for 2012 focuses on water and food security. Additional information about the theme as well as a full listing of special events may be found on the UN Water website.
Surfers Against Sewage Events
In honor of World Water Day, the Surfers Against Sewage organization is planning a series of beach clean ups set to take place from March 24th through March 25th at various locations in the UK. Surfers Against Sewage is a non-profit organization that has been around since 1990. It is comprised of a group of surfers who work to stop water pollution. A few of the surfers involved with the organization are Martin McNeely, Steve Crawford and Elliot Dudley. Those interested in attending should log onto the organization’s website for more information.
Other Beach Clean Ups
The UK isn’t the only country having beach clean ups in commemoration of World Water Day either. There are ones taking place in America and Chile as well. One of them is slated to take place at the Euclid Beach State Park in Cleveland, Ohio. You can find information about that event on Facebook. The beach clean ups in Chile are being organized, in part, by the Save the Waves Coalition. Those clean ups are set to take place on March 24th. The Save the Waves Coalition is a non-profit organization that is comprised of surfers, scientists and others. Some of the surfers involved with the organization are Kyle Thiermann, Hans Hagen, Greg Long and Tiago “The Portugese Tiger” Pires.