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The Tide is Turning on Water

…some restaurants are stopping its sale, one bottle at a time…

The Washington Post reported yesterday that some restaurants are no longer selling bottled water. New York’s Del Posto does not allow sharing/selling bottled Perrier or San Pellegrino.  The compelling argument relates to the absurdity of moving water all over the world, as well as costs involved in transportation and packaging, not to mention the environmental debris that results, such that beverage companies like Coca Cola, Pepsi, Nestle etc., are seeing their sales drop while negative consumer and environmental movements gain the upper hand.

Morevoer, water scarcity is raising fears that prices could increase down the road. “Water is the new oil,” said Steve Dixon, who manages the Global Beverage Fund at Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, repeating what has become a mantra as climate change and population growth tax water supplies.

Statistics show that about 33% of the world’s people live in water-stressed/water-scarce areas; the percentage likely to rise as the years pass.  Thus issues of sustainability will become more challenging as more and more water will need to be harvested to meet the demand…if it rises.

Water is still cheap, but that is changing.”It is currently not a very big cost. The issue is where it will it go in the future,” said Andy Wales, head of sustainable development for brewer SABMiller, which used 94.5 billion liters of water in its latest fiscal year. That works out to 4.5 liters for every liter of beer it made.

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Water scarcity and its relationship to the Millennium Development Goals

One of the targets (3) is to halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.  The steps being taken now at the individual level could go  a long way towards meeting this goal.

GOAL 7:
ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Target 1:
Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources

Target 2:
Reduce biodiversity loss, achieving, by 2010, a significant reduction in the rate of loss

Target 3:
Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation

Target 4:
By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers


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Academy Awards type Gala for Education


Worthy Nation EIE Awards to be the Academy Awards for Education

The first Worthy Nation EIE Awards Gala to take place the Fall of 2008 in Las Vegas

Education is not just a school but a system and a set of social supportive mechanisms. “It takes a village” education to show the involvement of all who support the child in learning. Bruce Goldwell (Author and Producer) and Muriel Glasgow have embarked upon an International endeavor to ensure that this ‘village education’ is a global village whereby children all around the world can receive the best education available. Mr Goldwell and Ms Glasgow are creating a for-profit company called Worthy Nation to support a non-profit organization they are co-founding called the Worthy Nation Excellence in Education (EIE) Awards Foundation which equates to the academy awards for education.

Excellence in Education
Excellence in Education

Worthy Nation Awards for Education will be given at Worthy Nation EIE Award Galas annually, whereby 5-10 or more countries will be selected to receive the WNAE — Worthy Nation Award for Education. Read More Here

Competition for Water Videos

Water videos for Sustainable Development

The International Secretariat for Water (ISW) is organizing the International “Water and Film” Events that will take
place in Istanbul in 2009, within the context of the 5th World Water Forum.
First prize: 2000$US
Second prize: 1500$US
Third prize: 1000$US

Deadline: 15 June 2008

For more information on eligibility criteria, etc, READ MORE HERE

STAND UP! For eliminating poverty…

International Day for the Elimination of Poverty – A Stand Up Day!

Grassroots organizations like BRAC, Bangladesh and the Hip Hop Community through the Hip Hop Youth Summit Council are committed to eliminating poverty, to stand up and be counted.

from 5 pm on 16 October to 5 pm on 17 October…go to http://www.standagainstpoverty.org/ create an event, get involved, and get counted…

Hear Mr Charles Fisher’s podcast on the involvement of the hip hop community in the MDGs

Click here for interview    between A. Husain of the United Nations Development Programme and Mr F. Abed of BRAC, Bangladesh

TO LOOK AT THE “MASTER P” PSA GO TO THESE SITES

http://www.standagainstpoverty.org/en/celebrity

Master P PSA Long Version

MYSPACE.COM/J4MEDIA and YOUTUBE.COM/SKRULUSWORLD.

And click here for interview with Mr Fisher, Founder of HipHop Youth Summit Council on activities by the Hip Hop community for Stand Up.

Stand up for the elimination and eradication of poverty from the planet!

Your action of standing up, of standing for the elimination and eradication of poverty will add you as a supporter of this worldwide call for the billions on the planet to stand up for each other, stand for the eradication and elimination of poverty, that is, to blast the scourge of abject poverty off the face of the planet, and to subscribe to helping communities as they work towards the achievement of the millennium development goals (MDGs)

Watch the Video Here

Stand Up and Speak Out for the 1.1 billion people who live on less than $1 a day
Stand Up and Speak Out to make world leaders listen
Stand Up and be counted
Stand Up and be heard
Stand Up and Speak Out for the Millennium Development Goals

Stand up! Stand for! Be Counted!

Here are images of the MDGs as they are now – We can fill in the blanks with the images of what we want to see:

Get images of all eight goals here


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