In March 2010, Hillary Clinton, then US Secretary of State, gave a speech at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC to mark the UN’s World Water Day. In her remarks, Secretary Clinton said:

the water that we use today has been circulating through the earth since time began. It must sustain humanity for as long as we live on this earth. In that sense, we didn’t just inherit this resource from our parents; we are truly, as many indigenous cultures remind us, borrowing it from our children. It is my hope that by making water a front burner issue, a high priority in our national and international dialogues, we can give our children and our children’s children the future they deserve. 1

(Hilary Clinton, 2010)