Clean Water Here Global Photography Exhibit will open at the United Nations in NYC on World Water Day 2018
DENVER, Colo. (September 25, 2017) – Clean Water Here and 1x.com are partnering to support UN World Water Day by creating a global photography exhibition documenting the current issues surrounding safe drinking water.
Clean Water Here, a global movement started in the US, created the world’s largest social media campaign on safe drinking water with over 750 million social media voices on UN World Water Day 2017 including celebrity supporters Pitbull, Pink, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams, Kesha, Sting, Fergie, Ryan Seacrest, Jason Derulo, and others.
To build upon this momentum twelve extraordinary photographs will be selected by world-renowned photographers Martin Schoeller, Kristen Ashburn and Robert Clark, and unveiled on March 22, 2018 UN World Water Day, at the Clean Water Here Global Photography Exhibit at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
These photographs will educate the public on the issues of safe drinking water and travel to additional cities around the world including Paris where they will be featured at the world headquarters of UNESCO. The global exhibit will benefit World Vision, the largest non-governmental supplier of clean water in the developing world.
“Safe drinking water is a human right and one of the most important global challenges of the 21st century.” said Lani Dolifka, the creator of Clean Water Here. “This unique partnership we will give the public a better understanding of the issue – especially as it relates to underserved communities both here in the US and around the world. We will use social media to help show why safe drinking water is critical to every man, woman, and child.
”Photographs are so powerful when it comes to raising awareness, because they talk directly to your feelings, no matter which language you speak”, said Ralf Stelander, founder of 1x.com. ”By encouraging people to take pictures, we also engage on a deeper level, since you have to make your own interpretation and really start thinking. What we have learnt from curating the best photos in the world for 10 years is that seemingly ordinary pictures are sometimes the most extraordinary, because you can relate to them and they make you feel, like all successful photos do. We are very proud to support World Water Day and UN-water with this exhibition.”
The submission period for eligible photo entries is September 25, 2017 through February 28, 2018..
Clean Water Here
Clean Water Here’s mission is to improve the world’s access to sustainable safe drinking water by raising awareness, supporting research & education, and advocating for underserved communities in the US and abroad. Research indicates risks associated with contaminants, infrastructure, and universal and equitable access. For more information visit www.cleanwaterhere.org
UN World Water Day
World Water Day has been observed since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 as the annual “World Day for Water.” Coordinated by UN Water in support of the 193 member nations of the UN, this day is devoted to implementing recommendations and promoting concrete activities within their countries regarding the world’s water resources. In addition to the UN member states, a number of NGOs promoting clean water leverage World Water Day as a time to focus public attention on the critical water issues facing the world. For more information visit www.worldwaterday.org
UN-Water is the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater related issues, including sanitation. Building on a long history of coordination in the UN System, UN-Water was formalized in 2003 by the United Nations High Level Committee on Programmes. It provides the platform to address the cross-cutting nature of water and maximize system-wide coordinated action and coherence. UN-Water promotes coherence in, and coordination of, UN system actions aimed at the implementation of the agenda defined by the Millennium Declaration and the World Summit on Sustainable Development as it relates to its scope of work. For more information visit www.unwater.org
1x is an online photo community with a difference, because professional curators select all published photos. We started 1x because we wanted to promote photography as a form of art and because we think art is a basic human need that everyone should have access to. Our mission is to gather the best photography in the world, photos that make people feel. Now we want to help out giving access to an even more basic need – water. For more information visit www.1x.com
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision is the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the developing world – reaching one new person with clean water every 10 second. A recent UNC study showed World Vision water wells in Ghana continued to function at high levels even after 20 years. For more information visit: www.worldvision.org
Clean Water Here founding partner Watermill Express is the largest drive-up pure drinking water company in the U.S. and the green alternative to prepackaged water. Watermill Express customers reuse their own clean containers to reduce pollution from single-use plastic water bottles. Founded in 1984, Watermill Express supports causes that promote the health and welfare of children and families. For more information visit www.watermillexpress.com
Created by David Clark Cause, Cause Flash is a digital platform devoted to aggregating the social media voices (Twitter, Facebook, Google+ followers) of dignitaries, celebrities, charities, brands and the public at large, so large scale social media campaigns can be launched instantly. By harnessing talent and technology to rally people around important causes that deserve immediate attention, Cause Flash elevates the human condition by inspiring and empowering people to donate funds and their own social media voices to address some of the greatest challenges of our time. For more information visit www.CauseFlash.org