It’s Monday and the beginning of the last full week of March. It’s also World Water Day and the theme this year is simple: Valuing water.
There are 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water resources globally. According to the UN, global water demand is likely to rise by over 50 per cent by 2040. Here in Utah, Governor Cox just declared a drought emergency with 100% of the state in the ‘moderate drought’ category and 90% in ‘extreme drought’ conditions. “I ask that Utahns “evaluate their water use and find ways to save not only because of current drought conditions but also because we live in one of the driest states in the nation,” he said.
Reminder: Utah has opened up vaccine eligibility to all Utahns 16 and older beginning Wednesday. Only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 and 17-year olds.
Also: The ERA passed Congress on this day in 1972 and was sent to the states for ratification – where it still sits. Today, one major argument against ratification is that the original deadline for ratification had passed. Last week, however, the US House voted to remove the deadline. Utah’s John Curtis was one of four Republicans to vote for the bill. In Utah, the most recent attempt to get the state to ratify the amendment never even left the Rules committee.
23 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration’s first 100 days (04/14/2021) 39 days until the Biden/Harris administration’s first 100 days are up (04/30/2021) 173 days until half-way through the Cox/Henderson’s administration’s 500-day plan (09/11/2021)