I was doing some research for one of my surf clients recently, and I stumbled upon this cool global art project, Project Water. The goal of Project Water is to create a fine art book of images that showcases the relationship between humans and water. The book will be sold with 100% of the net profits going to water.org and the blood:water mission to help solve the global water and sanitation crisis.
Here are a few facts about water to get you inspired:
– Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
– About 80% of sewage in developing countries is discharged untreated.
– More people have cell phones than access to a decent toilet.
– 3.6 million people die each year from water-related diseases.
– Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water is readily accessible for direct human use.
– The average American uses 100 gallons of water per day; the average African uses 12 gallons per day.
– Nearly 1 billion people lack access to safe water.
– Millions of women and children spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources.
For more information on how to participate and to see an archive of all the photos that have been submitted, go to: http://theprojectwater.com. Submissions will be accepted until July 31st, 2012 at 11:59 PST.
Water… we take it for granted, but what a beautiful (and vital) thing to behold.
(Photo Credit above: Becker Surf)