Run for Water
One-Hour TV Event Tackles the Challenges and Solutions of the Global Water Crisis
Performances by Collective Soul, Estelle, Melissa Etheridge, John Legend and Rob Thomas
Airs Friday, April 23, 7 p.m. ET/PT
Live Earth, organizer of the Dow Live Earth Run for Water, and Bravo today announced a one-hour special offering audiences an inside look at the global event and its mission to help solve the world water crisis, which will air on Friday, April 23 at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) on Bravo. Through discussions with impassioned advocate Pete Wentz and water crisis expert Alexandra Cousteau; discovery of solutions being implemented by NGO partners all over the world; and amazing musical performances from events taking place in the U.S., featuring Collective Soul (Chicago), Estelle (Minneapolis), Melissa Etheridge (Los Angeles), John Legend (New York) and Rob Thomas (Atlanta), the special will illustrate how the global water crisis affects people in every part of the world and how this issue can be solved through specific actions.
The eyes of the world focused on the global water crisis on April 18th as nearly 200 events took place in 80 countries to raise funds for and awareness of this critical issue. But only one concluded with a concert featuring two acts with a combined 8 GRAMMY awards -- the Live Earth Run for Water New York.
Before a mid-morning concert featuring The Roots and special guest John Legend in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, Run for Water participants lined up for an 8:30am start to the 6K run/walk. Six kilometers is symbolic of the average distance that many women and children must walk each day to get clean water.
It was a gorgeous day for a run at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis! And who better than 2009 World Champion marathoner Kara Goucher to signal the start of the Live Earth Run for Water Minneapolis!?! To nobody's surprise, Kara was also the first to finish the 6K run/walk.
Following the race, participants were treated to a live performance by Estelle and Paris Bennett.
Watch the episode of LiveEarthTV below to hear about why Kara Goucher got involved with the Live Earth Run for Water.
Ngapuhi leader David Rankin has stated that the Live Earth Run for Water, which takes place on Sunday 18 April, is a timely reminder for Maori that the water situation in New Zealand needs more attention.
"For decades, we have been using water without much consideration for its sustainability", says Mr Rankin, "and we are now seeing the consequences of that in the form of shortages that are spreading throughout the country"
"This is a particular issue for Maori, because in our culture, water has its own mauri - its own life force - and so when that is depleted, so are the people".
UNEP (the United Nations Environmental Programme) is a Live Earth non-profit partner. This was originally posted at UNEP.org.
Geneva (Switzerland)/Nairobi (Kenya), 16 April 2010 - "Every step and every drop counts to solve the water crisis."
This is the rallying cry of the global Live Earth Run for Water campaign which on Sunday 18 April will mobilize communities in more than 175 cities around the world to raise awareness of the growing scarcity of safe, clean water.
A series of 6km community runs or walks will take place over the course of 24 hours, accompanied in some cities by educational Water Villages and sustainably-managed concerts featuring international artists.
The average American home has 10,000 items in it. We need storage units and cabinets in just about every room to house all these things. But you would need an Olympic-size swimming pool to store all the water it takes to make what we so casually call our stuff.
In fact, if you were to release all the water in all the items in our homes, at least 200,000 gallons would gush out like in some mad scene in a disaster movie. Americans expend a lot of water spending $78.5 billion a year on furniture. Heres why: Most of the furniture we own (38 percent) is made of wood. Just 1 board foot of lumber takes about 5.4 gallons of water to make. Wood, of course, comes from trees, and last time I checked, it took water to grow trees.
It’s busy here in Amsterdam as we enter the final days before Live Earth. Read on for a quick low-down on what’s going on, for friends and media who want to pick up the story. Get in touch if you need more info, or want to join us on the day.