Why one woman is running across 7 deserts for water
Whether it's China’s disappearing rivers or the empty reservoirs of Brazil , the world's safe and drinkable water is drying up. Raising awareness of the impending global crisis is Mina Guli, businesswoman and founder of water conservation charity Thirst , who is running the equivalent of 40 marathons, across seven deserts in seven continents – in just seven weeks.
You can watch some of her desert runs in these three videos.
“Most people don’t know that we’re going to run out of usable water,” says Guli, a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, where a survey of 750 experts rated water scarcity the number one risk to global society over the next decade. “By 2030, there will be a 40% difference between the demand for water and the supply of water available. We’ve got 15 years to solve the water problem," she says.
In the past two decades, 55% of China’s rivers have disappeared due to industrial use. More than 70% of the western United States has been hit by drought, resulting in a loss to the Californian economy of around $2.7 billion . Increasing water stress is poised to trigger a global food crisis. “We think that it’s not going to be us any time soon," says Guli, "but the reality is, it is going to be us sometime soon.”
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SOURCE: World Economic Forum