house resolution no.62

Reps. Hood, Glanville, Neeley, Dievendorf, Rogers, Brabec, Roth, Paiz, Puri, Morgan, Farhat, Scott, McKinney, Hill, Brenda Carter, Weiss, Tsernoglou, Steckloff, Byrnes, Hope, McFall, Wilson, Rheingans, Brixie, Miller, Wegela, Beson, Grant, Liberati, Kunse, Snyder, Coleman, Tyrone Carter, Shannon, Andrews, Koleszar, Pohutsky, Churches, Morse, Conlin, MacDonell, Fitzgerald, Aiyash, Haadsma, Hoskins, Price, Rheingans and Young offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare March 22, 2023, as Michigan Water Day and World Water Day in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Since 1993, the United Nations has designated March 22nd as World Water Day. In 2010, the United Nations acknowledged "the importance of equitable access to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as an integral component of the realization of all human rights"; and

Whereas, The theme of World Water Day 2023 is accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. Billions of people around the world do not have access to clean water and sanitation; and

Whereas, A substantial number of Michigan residents do not have reliable access to clean water and sanitation. During the recent pandemic, when access to clean water and sanitation was especially vital, tens of thousands of Michigan residents were at risk of water service shutoffs. Water services and sanitation should meet the needs of all Michiganders, including those who are the most vulnerable; and

Whereas, Water is a human right; now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare March 22, 2023, as Michigan Water Day and World Water Day in the state of Michigan. It is with great honor and appreciation that we take this time to join other states and nations in expressing our commitment to ensuring that clean affordable drinking water is available to all Michiganders; and commit ourselves to promotion of public awareness to prevent our precious water from pollution and depletion. On this day, we will celebrate and honor the pure water in our state, our country, and our world; and be it further

Resolved, While we recognize the interconnectedness of humanity and appreciate global challenges, we also recognize our duty as Michiganders in protecting our natural resources and instilling a sense of pride in ourselves and our children for our Great Lakes; and be it further

Resolved, We cherish and acknowledge the special responsibility of protecting Michiganís waters for current and future generations and of assuring access to clean water and sanitation for all Michigan residents.