Events and Entertainment
The infield of Amsterdam's picturesque Olympisch Stadion was the stage for thousands of Live Earth participants on Sunday 18 April. But the stadium -- site of the 1928 Olympics -- also provided an epic backdrop for the heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom of the Netherlands -- His Royal Highness Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange -- to take part in the 6K run.
Live Earth TV host Shira Lazar caught up with Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, an artist and philanthropist who has been a big supporter of Live Earth's global initiative, at the Run for Water in Los Angeles. He emphasized the importance of spreading the word and getting involved: "Clean water for everyone is a basic human right. Water is a local issue and a global issue. A child dies every 20 seconds from unclean water, and with just 10 dollars you can have clean water for a year for one child."
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.
(L-R) Professional triathlete Jenny Fletcher, musicians Melissa Etheridge and Pete Wentz arrive at the Dow Live Earth Run for Water at Exposition Park on April 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, Californ
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".