National Whatever Day: March 22nd

By: Allison Ricke Email
By: Allison Ricke Email

Today's National Whatever Days are pretty perfect for every day: National Goof Off Day and World Water Day.

National Goof Off Day
Everyone loves goofing off, especially on the weekend with friends and loved ones. Goofing off is a slang term in the United States for engaging in recreation or an idle pastime while obligations of work or society are neglected. Goofing off at school is considered to be a regular behavior, which happens to all of us from time to time.

Some research has indicated that women tend to feel more guilt than men about taking time for themselves and so use breaks to become more organized.

World Water Day
This day was first formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Observance began in 1993 and has grown significantly ever since; for the general public to show support, it is encouraged for the public to not use their taps throughout the whole day, the day has become a popular Facebook trend.

The UN and its member nations devote this day to implementing UN recommendations and promoting concrete activities within their countries regarding the world’s water resources. Each year, one of various UN agencies involved in water issues takes the lead in promoting and coordinating international activities for World Water Day. Since its inception in 2003, UN-Water has been responsible for selecting the theme, messages and lead UN agency for the World Day for Water.

In addition to the UN member states, a number of NGOs promoting clean water and sustainable aquatic habitats have used World Day for Water as a time to focus public attention on the critical water issues of our era. Every three years since 1997, for instance, the World Water Council has drawn thousands to participate in its World Water Forum during the week of World Day for Water. Participating agencies and NGOs have highlighted issues such as a billion people being without access to safe water for drinking and the role of gender in family access to safe water. In 2003, 2006 and 2009, the UN World Water Development Report was launched on the occasion of the World Water Day.

So enjoy the rain this weekend and goof off inside or sticking your tongue out catching rain drops!


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