Run for Water
Live Earth, organizer of the Dow Live Earth Run for Water, and Life Time Fitness (NYSE: LTM), race director for the Minneapolis event, today announced multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Estelle, will perform live at the Minneapolis event. The largest worldwide water initiative on record to help combat the global water crisis, the Dow Live Earth Run for Water is 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.
“I’m thrilled to be taking part in the Minneapolis Dow Live Earth Run for Water event, which is helping to raise funds and awareness for global water crisis,” said Estelle. “As a musician, I’m honored to be using my time and talents for a cause that will help bring safe water to the nearly one billion people who don’t have access to it.”
Annie Leonard, creator of the hit internet film “The Story of Stuff” has done it again — she’s put together another great film about the “Story of Bottled Water,” which couldn’t be more useful right now. Time to stop and think about the billions without safe drinking water and adequate sanitation — and the hypocrisy of rich nations’ addiction to bottled water, when we have clean water for virtually nothing.
Instead of putting our money in the pockets to multinational water bottlers, let’s put our resources toward helping to provide the infrastructure and funding necessary to provide clean, affordable water for everyone.
Watch Leonard’s video below and you can see why this is a necessity now.
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The need for clean toilets and sanitation around the world can be truly over whelming. Today, 2.5 billion people on the planet lack adequate sanitation. According to UNICEF, some 665 million people in India practice open defecation. This lack of sanitation has horrific consequences. Diarrheal diseases kill more children in the developing world than HIV/AIDS. That's almost 5,000 children dying every day. According to UNICEF, 1,000 children die each day in India from diarrheal diseases.
Multi-platinum selling recording artists Collective Soul, who recently released a self-titled CD, “Collective Soul” and are touring in support of the album and their hit single “You,” and special guest the legendary Sam Moore, the GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum Rock & Roll Hall of Fame “Soul Man” who served as the inspiration for “The Blues Brothers,” performed live at the Live Earth Run for Water Chicago event on April 18th!
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.
“I’m a long-time environmental advocate and believe strongly that it is our duty as a society and as individuals to preserve our planet and its resources,” said Dean Rolland from Collective Soul. “The global water crisis is an environmental issue that affects nearly one billion people, and the Chicago community can help raise awareness and money to help address it.”
People in Chicago can register for the Dow Live Earth Run for Water run/walk today via The Active Network at http://liveearth.org/chicago.
Click here to read the full press release.
Most of us in the United States take a vacation every year. More than 30 million Americans fly somewhere outside the country annually, and increasingly, we are opting to fly instead of driving domestically. And when we get to our destinations, we stay mostly in hotels or motels. Its there that we really let the water dogs out: The average luxury hotel rooms estimated water use is 475 gallons per day, which amounts to more than the average US household uses! We turn into traveling, water-sucking giants who splash about merrily, drinking, bathing, steaming, basking in hot tubs, and waiting in line at aqua parks in the desert. Yes, we are a curious lot in different senses of the word. Still, before we even leave our homes and begin acting water-crazed while on vacation, we waste loads of water in ways we may not even have thought of.
The show took place after the run / walk through the water on April 18, at Praça da Apotheosis
Musician Jorge Ben Jor will perform live in the Praça da Apoteose near the finish of the Dow Live Earth Run for Water Rio 6km run/walk.
Ben Jor joins global initiative largest ever recorded worldwide to help combat the global water crisis and that consist of a series of races / walks 6 km (average distance that many women and children walk every day to fetch water) for 24 hours in over 100 cities worldwide.
Award-winning cantopop sensation Hins Cheung performed live at the Dow Live Earth Run for Water that took place at Wetland Park Road in Hong Kong on April 18th.
The live performance at Wetland Park Road is a “thank you” to those who participate in the run/walk. “We are so priveleged in Hong Kong to have access to clean and safe water but for many this is not a reality. By participating in this event, I want to do my part in raising greater awareness about the global water crisis and encourage everyone to join Dow Live Earth in helping millions of people around the world to gain access to this life-sustaining requirement,” said Hins Cheung, who is committed to lending its name and support to generate awareness for the event locally in Hong Kong as well as the larger global intiative to help solve this critical issue.
Register to Run or Walk Now at www.dowliveearth.rfwhk.com.
It was my great honour yesterday to walk with Dutch schoolchildren, who were raising awareness of global water issues and raising hard cash to fund water and sanitation projects through Akvo.
We've described the format of Walking for Water already, and the organisations behind it (it's led by Aqua for All). It's a concept that Live Earth is now helping us extend globally.
The newest issue of National Geographic is dedicated entirely to water and how the world can work to protect this resource. There are some amazingly stunning photos of water around the word, as well as some great articles on everything that is important to this crisis – from state water issues in California, to water technology around the world.