Circle of Blue
March 25, 2015
World Water Day Ingredients Need Big Dash of Urgency
World Water Day Ingredients Need Big Dash of Urgency

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"Water is not fit for stirring widespread attention on Facebook, or going viral on YouTube. This is, after all, an era of short attention spans and fixation on inconsequential agitation or the absurd. The world’s residents, capable as they are, don’t like serious. They like to be amused."

On Sunday, the United Nations marked the 23rd World Water Day with a sustainable development theme and characteristic earnestness. In an op-ed this week, Circle of Blue's senior editor suggests that water needs a can't-take-your-eyes-away spokesperson or an XBox game to tell the great story of our time, because sometimes being earnest just isn't enough.

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World Water Day Ingredients Need Big Dash of Urgency
Senior editor Keith Schneider wonders if maybe a spokesperson and Xbox games are needed.


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