We here at Ecocentric love water. (How could you not?) We also love energy. (Among other things, I used it to rock out to St. Vincent on my bus ride to work this morning.)
Guess what? This World Water Day (WWD) 2014 (March 22nd) recognizes that water loves energy (and energy loves water too), which is another way of saying that these systems are intimately connected, a relationship sometimes called the water-energy nexus. The WWD conveners know that people everywhere rely on this relationship and they explain its importance by bringing
...attention to the water-energy nexus, particularly addressing inequities, especially for the 'bottom billion' who live in slums and impoverished rural areas and survive without access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, sufficient food and energy services.
The WWD is convened on behalf of UN-Water and member states to lead the way "to energy security and sustainable water use in a green economy."
For instance, support is being built for an agenda that encompasses the proposed Sustainable Development Goals that in 2015 are to replace the UN United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The SDGs will hopefully address a range of distressing poverty-related problems experienced by a billion people worldwide, all of whom need a more cooperative and sustainable set of water and energy systems to make a better life.
Check out the WWD website, where you'll find useful things like strategic and social media materials for advocates, interesting facts and figures and lots of informational resources.
If you want to learn more about the water-energy nexus from our unique Ecocentric perspective, feel free to browse the selection of our posts below. And don't forget to peep those Ecocentric peeps in the photo above and show the water-energy nexus some love on March 22nd by checking out #WorldWaterDay on Twitter and following us @EcoCentered.
California's Drought at the Nexus
California's drought could bring rising food prices, water shortages and even influence energy markets. The state will likely face problems where food, water and energy issues intersect - the nexus.
Resizing Electricity's Water Footprint
Among all the resources that go into producing electricity, water often gets lost in the shuffle. Here's what we know: It can take a lot of water to generate electricity. How much? Well, that's a complicated question that researchers are beginning to tackle.
Water, Energy and the World Energy Outlook
While a forecast of 'Saudi America' is getting all of the attention, the new World Energy Outlook report also takes an important look at the growing global energy and water collision.
Fracking's Water Footprint in Marcellus Shale Larger Than Previously Thought
Requiring about 5 million gallons of fluid (mostly water) per well, it's clear that the water intensity of Marcellus Shale gas is more significant than first thought and likely compels more oversight of the oil and gas industry and its water use.
Power and Water Utilities: An Unlikely Alliance
March 22nd is both World Water Day and the kick-off to the Year of Water Cooperation, so it's a perfect time to highlight the unlikely alliance between wastewater and power plants.