Environmental and culturally focused student groups will come together to share ideas about solving the global water crisis as part of an observation of World Water Day.

Coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and UN-Water, the annual World Water Day draws attention to the importance of fresh water and advocates for the sustainable management of water resources.

Though the day is observed worldwide on Wednesday, March 22, the UCF community will start the celebration the evening before, at 5 p.m. March 21 in room 218C of the Student Union.

“We’re trying to raise awareness about the effects of pollution on food and water security,” said Deborah Egbo, president of uKNIGHTed for UNICEF, which organized UCF’s observation of World Water Day.

At the event, UCF’s cultural clubs will address the effects of pollution and climate change in the countries they represent, and environmental clubs will propose new ways of going “green.”

A display of water bottles hanging from the ceiling in the Student Union next week also will remind students to consider the cause.

“We want people to understand the importance of going green and see that our waste-disposal habits deprive children from access to food and water,” said Egbo.

UN-Water promotes following a healthy, sustainable diet, consuming fewer water-intensive products, and reducing food wastage as actions that can save water and ensure food for all.

After becoming a UCF registered student organization this year, uKNIGHTed for UNICEF has organized students for the survival, protection and development of children worldwide through education, advocacy and fundraising.

The group meets every other Wednesday at 5 p.m. in room 218C of the Student Union. The next meeting will be March 28.