Recognize The Importance (And Beauty) Of H2O In Honor Of World Water Day

03/22/2015 11:55 am ET | Updated Mar 24, 2015

"Thousands have lived without love, not one without water," W.H. Auden wisely said. Indeed, the precious resource, as vital as it is beautiful, holds the key to our survival. And yet, all too often, the element is taken for granted, wasted, overlooked. But not today.


Today, March 22, is World Water Day, a time to cherish the water that we have, and formulate a future where we'll continue to cultivate its availability. It's a time to recognize how many around the world don't have access to water, and thus suffer from a variety of water-related issues. It's a time to see how you can help assure a water-safe future for yourself and your planet.

And here, on an arts and culture site, it's a time to acknowledge the visible splendor of the life force, whether spurting from a busted fire hydrant or crashing on the shore of a beach. Today we're celebrating the magic that is water with a series of images that capture both the magnificence and the importance of the stuff.

Instagram launched a Weekend Hashtag project to reflect our eternal interdependence on water. It twas inspired by Hungarian photojournalist Balazs Gardi, based in Oakland, California, who spent the past decade capturing water-related stories worldwide.

Happy World Water Day, readers. May your upcoming year be filled with sustainable choices and bountiful hydration.

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