World Water Day is a UN Holiday that is geared towards drawing attention to our local and global water issues and successes. To honor our water and to push to protect it. The first WWD was March 22, 1993.
This year’s UN theme is Leaving No one Behind : Human Rights & Refugees.
Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.
Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.
This World Water Day, 22nd March, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.
Every year WWD is on March 22, this year that falls on a FRIDAY.
The goal is a collaborative event or events with solidarity and action. To have impacted communities and concerned organizations and grassroots groups be the voice of the event(s) and messaging.
We can add your org as a partner / supporter for the event, but you will need to get your logo and website url to us asap.
Grand Rapids Water Protectors
MI Citizens for Water Conservation
People’s Water Board Coalition
Wayne State University
The Wright Museum
Detroit Food Not Bombs
Coalition to Oppose the Expansion of US Ecology
MI Science Museum
Great Lakes Bioneers (Detroit)
Holly T. Bird
Sisters Barb Beesley
Reverend Roslyn Bouier
Rabbi Alaa Alpert
Joe Kid / Shiela Berk
This is a statewide event and in the past has been a collaboration that often involves lobbying. Due to the holiday being on a Friday this year, we will NOT be lobbying. Typical World Water Day events have 300-350 folks in attendance.
The proposed event is a combination and fluid space for folks to come and interact, learn, and network around water issues in Michigan. 3 panels of speakers will happen in the theater space, relating to Water Affordability, Heath / Contamination, and Privatization / Corporate Takeover.
Simultaneously, rooms will allow for organizations to host workshops of their choosing. (Example, Sierra Club is hosting a rain barrel workshop) There will be food for folks, and tabling set up throughout the space to interact and learn about participating organizations. There will be a second theater space that will play water related films and videos.
We will be led by indigenous ceremony, with a faith-led press conference.
**ADDED - there will be some sort of memorial for Lila Cabbil at the event.
March 22, 2019
(Actual Holiday Date) Primary Event
Potential follow-up action
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
(advertised start) OUTSIDE 4:00pm w/ indigenous-led ceremony and faith-leader-led presser
(head inside) INSIDE 5pm w/ 3 panels, workshops, tabling, food
(end of event) 9pm w/ potential end with Detroit Light Brigade OUTSIDE
Areas that we can use additional support or that organizations can fit in to the event….