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Liz Paddington
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The ways to get involved on World Water Day can help raise awareness about the cause, raise money for those fighting to secure safe, clean water for all and make sure that future generations have fresh water as well. In 2012, World Water Day is Thursday, March 22. Everyone can make a difference by getting involved in World Water Day using one of the methods listed below.

For the 2012 campaign, UN-Water, the organization facilitating the 2012 World Water Day festivities, has selected the focus of water and food security. We all know that humans need drink two to four liters of water each day but to produce the food we eat daily, another 2,000-5,000 liters of water are needed. Without safe, clean water, there is no food making it extremely critical to solve the world's water crisis now before it's too late.

So how can you help with World Water Day 2012? There are many things you can do including attending a World Water Day event in your area, making a financial donation or using your online voice to raise awareness about the cause. Making others aware of the movement will create a ripple effect as many of those people will join in the effort as well.

To really make a difference, we all need to do our part to change our water footprint, or the amount of water we use directly, such as for drinking and bathing, and indirectly, such as the water that is needed to produce the goods we use on a daily basis.

There may be a shortage of safe, clean water in many parts of the world but there is no shortage of very easy ways we all can pitch in to solve the problems and celebrate World Water Day 2012. Remember, World Water Day comes but once a year but the water crisis is here all the time. Do your part to help this very worthy cause today and everyday.

Sign the Water Bill of Rights

Sign the Water Bill of Rights is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Ways to Get Involved on World Water Day
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U.S. residents can add their voice to a movement declaring that all Americans should have access to safe, clean drinking water as a basic human right by signing the Water Bill of Rights. Add your name to the petition and urge others to join you by sharing the petition with friends and family using social networking.

Attend the Main Event in Rome

Attend the Main Event in Rome is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Ways to Get Involved on World Water Day
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A full day of events are planned to celebrate World Water Day on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations headquarters in Rome, Italy. Attend the main event in Rome to take part in discussions with experts in water and food security, plus receive brochures, T-shirts and other World Water Day memorabilia.

Make Financial Contributions

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Donating money to one of various organizations fighting to provide clean, safe water to all can be the difference between a family having drinking water and a toilet or not. Make a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation to help organizations such as Water.org, WaterAid or OneDrop.org. Urge friends and family members to donate too by offering to match their donations to these worthy causes.

Participate in a Local Event

Participate in a Local Event is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Ways to Get Involved on World Water Day
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On World Water Day, Thursday, March 22, 2012, numerous events around the world will take place to raise awareness and donations about the cause. Established in 2003 by the United Nations High Level Committee on Programmes, UN-Water has an extensive listing of World Water Day events around the world on their website. The main event is in Rome but is just one of hundreds of events, many likely close to you. Don't see an event near you and want to get involved? Check UNWater.org for information on hosting an event of your own!