Leveraging Water for Peace on World Water Day


World Water Day is celebrated on March 22, and the annual United Nations observance day highlights the importance of fresh water. This year's theme of leveraging water for peace emphasizes the importance of using water resources wisely to promote sustainability. Water is a vital resource, and water scarcity is not uncommon in various parts of the world. Managing water resources effectively and promoting cooperation among communities and nations brokers the possibility for a more peaceful and prosperous world.

In his 'World Water Day' message, UN Secretary António Guterres, stated, "Today, 153 countries share water resources. Yet only twenty-four have reported cooperation agreements for all their shared water. We must accelerate efforts to work together across borders…"

The Impact of Water Scarcity


Planet Aid is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that provides funding for development projects, both locally and internationally. As a Humana People to People (HPP) member, we actively engage with our global partners who work with communities to improve water and sanitation conditions.

According to an article on Lifewater.org, the impact of water scarcity is dire: "In 2016, approximately 8% of all deaths of children under the age of five were the result of diarrhea. The main cause of diarrhea? Unsafe water and poor sanitation and hygiene practices."

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Many Planet Aid-supported HPP projects, like Child Aid and Farmers Club, implement water conservation efforts, establish water supply infrastructures, and help build the capacity within communities to utilize water efficiently. Moreover, our HPP partners provide community volunteer training to repair and rehabilitate water pumps.

The Water and Textile Reuse Connection


As a pioneering textile reuse organization, Planet Aid has a massive water conservation imprint—saving hundreds of millions of pounds of water annually. Most textile production manufacturers use water-intensive processes that can produce negative environmental impacts, including pollution of sometimes scarce water sources. Leveraging water for peace and the reuse of textiles connect at the point of sustainability.

A 2023 life cycle assessment commissioned by the European textile reuse and recycling industry reports: “The environmental impact of reusing textiles is 70 times lower, even when accounting for global exports for reuse, including transport emissions. Therefore, by reusing textiles through practices such as upcycling, recycling, swapping, and thrift shopping, we can reduce the demand for new textile production, thus saving water and reducing environmental harm.


Planet Aid intercepts water overconsumption through textile collection and reuse. It is just one example of how our donors participate in a sustainable solution to leverage water for peace. It’s incumbent upon all people to employ responsible resource management and benevolent planetary stewardship to provide a better future for all generations.