The second month of the semester has slowly crept up on all of us, and it's starting to feel like exam season all over again! In order to prepare ourselves for midterms, papers, and projects (you name it), we need to understand that this will be an unconventional semester, like the two preceding ones.
Some of us will be on campus, some of us will stay at home, and in between those two, some of us will be at a coffee shop or a garden taking classes there for a change. Wherever you go, there are many ways you can practice sustainability, and ensure minimal waste. On-campus, you can use the recycling bins. At home you can minimize electricity use and utilize natural sunshine, and at a coffee shop, you can ask the waiter to fill your coffee in your own reusable coffee mug! These are just a couple of examples, for more examples, check out our Go Green Guide below! 

March 22nd, 2021, marks the 28th Water Day, and in honor of that, we want to raise awareness about this urgent environmental crisis we have on hand.

It is expected that by 2025 Egypt’s per capita annual water supply will drop from 600 cubic meters to 500 cubic meters, putting Egypt within the UN's threshold for absolute water scarcity. This is extremely alarming, because other than the basic worldwide human dependence on water, our dependency on water supply is alarmingly high due to the vast size of our agriculture sector that employs over 30% of Egypt's workforce. However, this sector is still using water wasteful irrigation and production methods that use up an unnecessarily high amount of water.

Another underestimated issue is the ongoing degeneration of the Nile river. A big portion of the population relies on the Nile for drinking, agriculture, and municipal use, which necessitates efforts for quality regulation and preservation of the Nile. The Nile is mostly polluted by urban and industrial waste with many recorded incidents of leakage of wastewater, the throwing away of dead animals, and the release of chemical and hazardous industrial waste into its water. 

These examples of how water waste and pollution attention in Egypt need more attention, and the potentially dangerous situation we could be facing in just a few years if the status quo remains unchanged.

Check out our recommendations section below for interesting sources that cover this topic.

1. Keep an empty tote bag on you at all times in order to keep all your study snacks secured in a plastic-free way! 
2. Make sure to use the on-campus water dispensers for a water re-fill, instead of buying a plastic water bottle. 
3. Take your own re-usable mug to coffee shops and ask the barista to make your order in it, to avoid using plastic coffee lids. 
March 3rd: World Wildlife Day
World Wildlife Day (the UN's 68/205 resolution) will be celebrated this year under the theme of 'Forests and Livelihoods': Sustaining People and Planet in order to emphasize the central role of  forests and their species and ecosystems services in sustaining millions of lives globally, and particularly of indigenous and local communities. 
March 21st:  International Forest Day
Our life is linked to the forest in many unseen ways: drinking water, using paper, or building a house. In honor of the forest's unarguable gifts to our everyday life, International Forest Day celebrates and understands the sustainable management of the forest's resources.
March 22nd: World Water Day
This month's newsletter features the World Water Day.
 Countries across the world, both developing and developed, are experiencing drought and water shortages. S
evere drought is just one of the devastating effects of climate change. Without water, there is no life!
March 27th: Earth Hour
Organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature, this event signifies the impact our generation today can have on many generations tomorrow. Across the world, people celebrate Earth Hour by switching off the lights for one hour. Join the movement and learn more about a single action impacts here:
1. Documentary:
Explained: World's Water Crisis
is a short documentary film on the nearing water crisis and how accessibility is a crucial aspect of water that cannot be ignored.
Watch it here:

2. Video:
What's behind the Egypt - Ethiopia Nile dispute?
is a short video that explains the potential water crisis that Egypt may face in the wake of the Egypt/Ethiopia dispute over Ethiopia's new dam. 
Watch it here: https:

3. Past Issue:
Sustainability Newsletter Vol.4
for more general facts about the global range of the water crisis and the importance of water, check out one of our past issues.  
Check it out here:

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