World Water Day marked by peaceful actions in Jakarta

Source – March 22, 2008
World Water Day rally at State Palace in Jakarta (Jitunews)
World Water Day rally at State Palace in Jakarta (Jitunews)

Nurvita Indarini, Jakarta – Seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water. Not all of it however is fit for consumption, because only around 2.5 percent is fresh water. Unfortunately the rest is salt water.

On World Water Day, which is commemorated on March 22 each year, people are also reminded not to exploit water excessively. On this Saturday March 22, three protest actions will be held in the capital to commemorate World Water Day.

According to the Metro Jaya regional police Traffic Management Centre, the Water Concern Community (KPA) will hold a peaceful action at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout in Central Jakarta at 8am.

The Nature Lovers League (PPA) will hold a similar action at the same location between 10am and 4pm.

The People’s Coalition for the Right to Water (KRUHAA) will hold a peaceful action at the Horse Statue and in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta at 10am.

Water represents an ultra-essential commodity for human survival and has even become a source of conflict in the 21st century. By around 2020, if a serious water deficit occurs it could lead to the spread of wars. So don’t waste water! (nvt/nvt)

[Translated by James Balowski.]