Run for Water
From outer space it looks like we live on a blue planet. And we do – 70 percent of Earth is covered by water. But only a tiny percentage of that water is fit for human consumption. If you could fit all the water in the world into a gallon jug, less than a teaspoon of that would be available for our use. And as glaciers on all continents retreat, that teaspoon is shrinking.
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In 2010, for the very first time Indonesia is participating in a global movement created by Live Earth. Concentrating on water crisis problem, this activity is using the power of entertainment to raise people’s awareness. Dow Live Earth Run For Water Bali is given full support not only from social institutions, but also from the Indonesian top artists.
The Dow Live Earth Run for Water is this Sunday April 18th and we hope you can join us! Events to raise awareness of the global water crisis will take place in more than 180 cities around the world!
We're excited to announce the following live performances:
Rob Thomas performed Sunday morning April 18th at Atlanta's World of Coca-Cola following the 6K Dow Live Earth Run for Water Atlanta. Like all U.S. events, the Atlanta Run for Water benefits Global Water Challenge and included an educational water village including efforts from local nonprofit the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.
Thomas was interviewed this week by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
We are so proud of our Friends of Live Earth Run for Water events being held around the world, and we are thrilled to highlight The 2010 High Country Hustle, a 6K Run/Walk for Water, took place on April 18, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Creede, CO. The local event is an opportunity for the community and state to come together to raise awareness about water issues. This run is one of only two in the state and took place near the Headwaters of the Rio Grande in Creede, Colorado.
Guest contributor Arjen van der Wal is an environmentalist and drilling expert at Practica Foundation, an Akvo support partner. Here he describes the opportunities possible when people are trained to drill wells.
Say you want to extract water from the ground, because you have had enough of carrying water around for six hours a day, and have more useful things to do with your time. And say you live in a region where the ground water is of good quality, and the soil consists of sand or clay. Then you might want to have a borehole, preferably near your house, where you can get nice, clean, safe water, without walking too far. What are your options?
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 8 million tons of clothing and footwear enter the waste stream annually, and only a fraction is reused or recycled. That means, on average, you and I each throw away 54 pounds of textiles per year. Out the door with those clothes go tens of thousands of gallons of water.
But were not throwing away as much as were buying. So in addition to piling up perfectly good clothing in landfills, were also stockpiling our wardrobes. Most American women, for example, have more pairs of jeans than there are days of the week! And blue jeans are far from water lean.
Every new pair of jeans costs nearly 3,000 gallons of water to make. Given that 450 million pairs are sold annually in the United States, that comes to nearly 1.4 trillion gallons of waterthe equivalent of half of Californias entire yearly urban water demand.
Register to Run/Walk Now at www.liveearth.org/newyork to See The Roots with Special Guest John Legend Perform Live in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
Live Earth, organizer of the Dow Live Earth Run for Water, today announced two-time GRAMMY Award-winners The Roots with Special Guest six-time GRAMMY Award-winner John Legend will perform live at the New York event. The Dow Live Earth Run For Water is the largest worldwide water initiative on record to help combat the global water crisis, and consists of a series of 6km run/walks (the average distance many women and children walk every day to get water), culminating with water education villages and live musical performances.
“We are thrilled to be participating in this important event to bring clean, safe drinking water to the women and children around the world walking 6km every day to sustain their families,” said The Roots. “We encourage the New York community to come out on April 18th because together we can make a difference in the lives of so many.”
The New York Dow Live Earth Run for Water event was held at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The 6km run/walk course will take participants around the picturesque parameter of the Prospect Park. Start time for the run/walk is 8:00 a.m. and concert performance will begin at 10:00 a.m. You must register at www.liveearth.org/newyork to participate in the run/walk and gain access to the live performance.
“As an alumnus of the Live Earth concerts in 2007, I am proud to take part in another global event aimed at identifying solutions for critical environmental issues, such as the global water crisis,” said John Legend. “I believe music has the power to bring people together in pursuit of common goals, and in this case that is raising awareness and money to help solve the global water crisis.”