On World Water Day, Leh has taken upon itself a unique task of preserving water through artificial glaciers. The day is important because fresh water resources are being depleted and are a huge threat to sustainable development. Clearly preserving fresh water is of vital importance.
The 6th Sustainable Development Goal is crystal clear– it says water for all by 2030. The UN reports that billions of people are still living without safe water in their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive. The most marginalized groups are women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, and disabled people who are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination. But the bigger issue is about tackling the water crisis.
World Water Day, the 22 March every year, helps us refocus attention on the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind’. Ladakh is creating awareness on water conservation through Ice Stupas. This year Ladakh has built ice Stupas in over a dozen villages. Best Ice Stupas among 12 villages awarded in Leh district on the occasion of World Water Day. Rolex Awardee Sonam Wangchuk said that Ganglas village has enough water storage to help the farmer this season.
Water conservation is extremely important and over the last 4 years there has not been enough snowfall in the region. Global warming has made glaciers melt and some have almost completely vanished. This year Ladakh has received good snow fall, and keeping that in mind the Himalayan institute of Alternatives, Ladakh has encouraged villages to compete in building Ice Stupas.
To commemorate ice Stupas and create awareness among the world on how Himalayas are affected by the global warming, the Posts Department has released a special Stamp on ice Stupas.