I’ve mentioned water, or the lack of it at Chez Denness before. Many times. Normally my posts are about frustrated stories of me staring at the taps wishing they’d dispense some of the agua pura. Or, if not entirely pure, at least clean enough to wash with. But I’ve decided to stop my wishful thinking and take action, although it has to be said it is an action on behalf of the many hundreds of millions of people who have far more dire water supply issues that I do.
On April 18th there is a global event, Run For Water. The purpose, I imagine (having not read every last bit of text on their website), is to raise awareness of water shortages and put a few dollars into helping alleviate the situation. It’s a big ask – I read somewhere recently that within 20 years there will be only 60% of the water required, on a daily basis, available. Numbers are often deceptive pieces of guesswork but I don’t think anyone is in any doubt that a growing population on planet Earth is going to struggle in the near future to find sufficient water supplies when the supply is already inadequate today. I’ll make my own prediction – within 50 years more wars will be fought for water than for oil.
Anyway, I forked out a total of 400 pesos for two entries to the Mexico City event – I managed to persuade Paola to come along too. It’s only 6kms and you can run, jog or walk. As you see fit. Can I persuade you? It’s as good a cause as any. You get a medal for finishing – I think. It doesn’t cost a fortune. And it’s a perfectly good excuse to get out on a Sunday morning and have a nice stroll round your part of town. With a bit of atmosphere thrown in. If you’re going to give it a go, let me know. I’ll bet anyone who is having a go $1 that I can beat their time. I’m aiming for a sub 30 minute run, so I’m not entirely unbeatable! The $1 of course, goes to the Run For Water fund!
So, really, give it a go. There are events in plenty of cities. Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, LA, New York, Milwaukee, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Amsterdam, London, Oslo, Berlin, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Buenos Aries and loads more. The full list is here. Few of you have an excuse. Steve, you’re lucky on two counts – the ankle and your location. Mr K, Boston is conspicuous by its absense, but Marlborough isn’t that far. Or Martha’s Vineyard if you feel uber adventurous! 🙂
The Dow Live Earth Run for Water – to take place April 18, 2010 – will consist of a series of 6 km run/walks (the average distance many women and children walk every day to secure water) taking place over the course of 24 hours in countries around the world, featuring concerts and water education activities aimed at igniting a tipping point to help solve the water crisis. Jessica Biel, Alexandra Cousteau, Pete Wentz, and Angelique Kidjo will lend their names and their time in support of this important cause.