World Water Day: LA celebrates access to fresh water

March 22, 2012, 4:45 p.m.

World Water Day is today, March 22.

The Natural History Museum is celebrating World Water Day this weekend with lessons in conservation and D.I.Y techniques aimed to make participants' homes and lives more water-conscious.

Water Day was created by the United Nations (U.N.) in 1993 to highlight the importance of fresh water availability; not just for drinking, but for food production. Water is crucial for growing plants and feeding livestock -- making drought the number one cause of food shortages in developing countries, according to the U.N. It takes almost 400 gallons of water to produce a little more than two pounds of wheat, and it takes ten times the amount of water to produce the same amount of meat, the U.N. reports.

March 22 is the official day of celebration, but there are events happening all week to raise awareness about the issues and localize its impact.

The Natural History Museum is incorporating Water Day into their ongoing "Sustainable Sundays" series where they focus on local conservation issues -- this Sunday, water will be the main event. From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. there'll be community groups and interactive activities in the museum's Grand Foyer.

Then, a workshop hosted by TreePeople from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. will teach the public how to map water supply and needs, the ins-and-outs of turf removal and mulching and how to make their own living spaces overall more water-conscious.

The Natural History Museum is located at 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007

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