When Ilaria Meggetto first shared her edX Learner Story with us in October 2014, she was already using what she’d learned in her edX courses to make a difference. Read on to hear how she, the water management nonprofit she works for Hydroaid, and the UN are working together to protect our planet’s most valuable resource and promote World Water Day 2015.
March 22 is World Water Day: a special date established by the UN Conference of Rio in 1992 to celebrate the most precious resource of the planet.
Water is something we all share, and it is key to development worldwide. However, it is not evenly distributed: hardly accessible in some areas, polluted and over-exploited in others, water suffers of a list of issues that compromise our health, economy and future.
Whether you live in an industrialized country or in a developing one, sustainable water management is a top priority: this is why I chose to focus my work on water and international cooperation. The edX courses I took over the past three years provided a source of constant inspiration and learning along the way and even as I write, amidst the preparations for the World Water Day event in Turin (Italy), my city. Ranging from HarvardX Human Health and Global Environmental Change to McGillX Natural Disasters, UBCx Forests and Livelihoods in Developing Countries and the recent DartmouthX Introduction to Environmental Science, I have rediscovered water in its multi-disciplinary nature and gained excellent knowledge and skills that I put to use in my work at Hydroaid.