Water Voices from Around The World

drinking water, drought, international, outreach, poetry, rivers, sustainability, united nations

In this “table-top” book filled with awe-inspiring photographs, authors from around the world contributed to each provide their own unique perspective on the water of the earth. Many prominent and knowledgeable individuals, such as Kofi Annan, Maude Barlow, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pete Seeger, and Desmond Tutu, each drafted a portion of the book.

Water Voices from Around The World is published in consideration and support of the United Nations’ effort for the “International Decade of Action ‘Water for Life’, 2005-2015.”

The Water Voices Web-site also hosts a blog for up-to-date information on the book tour and other global water issues.

See the Water Books Page at the top of this web-log for more books on water.

Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It

drinking water, outreach, sustainability, water privitization, water trade

A new book, Bottlemania by Elizabeth Royt, will focus on the complications of bottled water in today’s society. It will be available on May 13, 2008.

The book will address questions such as:

“Who owns our water? What happens when a bottled-water company stakes a claim on your town’s source? Should we have to pay for water? Is the stuff coming from the tap completely safe? And if so, how many chemicals are dumped in to make it potable? What’s the environmental footprint of making, transporting, and disposing of all those plastic bottles?”

For more information on bottled water, see the new Water Page on AlterNet. Tara Lohan, managing editor of AlterNet, has written several articles on the negative implications of bottled water in our world including This Year Give Up Bottle Water for Lent and What Would You Say to Coke’s Executives? (a review of ” a pioneering campaign that gives new meaning to message in a bottle“).

See the Water Books Page at the top of this web-log for more books on water.

Tap Water for Global Water

international, outreach, united nations

Advertising that will raise awareness of the global water crisis while raising money for UNICEF’s campaign to provide clean drinking water to children in developing countries, sounds better than consumerism to me.

The second annual Tap Project ad blitz will soon arrive in papers and magazines of over twelve US cities including New York City, Boston Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Portland, OR, Richmond, VA, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and several cities in South Carolina, as stated in the New York Times today. Several notable advertising agencies will be producing the outreach material pro bono.

Posters, ads, lapel pins, etc. will highlight fund-raising to begin Sunday, March 16th through Saturday, March 22th. Participating restaurants will invite customers to donate a minimum of a dollar for tap water normally free.

As the Tap Project web-site states, “For every dollar raised, a child will have clean drinking water for 40 days” through UNICEF project implementation. The project is set to coincide with World Water Day on March 22, 2008, an annual event promoted by the UN to promote public awareness of global water issues.