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Educate. Empower. Act. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet — water.
Project WET's recent trip to Trinidad and Tobago alerted us to the good work being done on water by a company in our "Neighbor to the North." The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is in the midst of a 10-year, $50 million global commitment to protect freshwater. Launched in 2007, the RBC Blue Water Project is most ambitious philanthropic program in RBC's history, with more than $28 million in charitable grants pledged to 400+ organizations around the world. RBC is also promoting responsible water use with employees and clients and supporting initiatives that encourage the growth of water-related businesses.
This Friday, June 10th, is RBC's second annual Blue Water Day. The goal is to create a "worldwide wave of support for water" in a "virtual sports stadium" on Facebook. To participate, people can upload their photo into one of the blue wave avatars and then view the "wave." For every "seat" that's filled in the stadium, RBC will donate $1 to the World Wildlife Fund, up to $100,000. RBC is also asking that people wear blue to observe RBC Blue Water Day.
On its website, RBC also offers some real-world tips for integrating positive water actions into your life:
Kudos to RBC for making a commitment to protecting and preserving our most precious natural resource, water.
Dennis Nelson—the founder, president and CEO of the Project WET Foundation—will be one of 60 leading thinkers exploring the rich, complex and critical topic of water's future. Sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company, The Future of Water virtual conference starts at 11 a.m. EDT on June 7. Beginning with a big-picture perspective, and uncovering both key "megatrends" and personal stories from the frontlines, The Future of Water will examine how different fields, sectors and stakeholders can meet the challenge of supplying a growing global population with clean and sustainable water. Nelson will address the role of water education in solving world water issue, one of 60 minute-long presentations that will make up the hour-long program. You can follow the conference on Twitter or on the event's webpage.
As CEO & President Dennis Nelson remembers it, Linda Hveem had to interview for a position sitting on a trunk. Project WET was so new at Montana State University that the office didn't even have any chairs yet! Twenty years later, Project WET has chairs, desks and other office staples, but more importantly, we still have Linda Hveem. Dennis's executive assistant and the office manager, Linda makes sure the metaphorical trains run on time. On the occasion of her 20th anniversary of employment, Project WET took a moment to thank Linda. Dennis found a trunk for her to sit on and put inside the trunk a miniature version of Project WET's original sculpture:
Thanks to Linda for her years of service and attention to everyone in the Project WET family.
The Project WET Foundation has a new Host Institution working in Trinidad and Tobago. The Institute for Public Health and Water Research (IPWR) was incorporated in 2005 as a not-for-profit, independent science and education organization. Recognizing the need for evidenced-based findings to inform substantive education, interventions and policy solutions, IPWR seeks to contribute and to increase awareness of the need for this evidence. IPWR posits that only through evidenced-based initiatives can sustainable solutions can be designed, implemented and utilized to improve water and public health challenges globally. Through the partnership, Project WET's water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) education materials will be customized for use in Trinidad schools and community outreach programs.
Project WET workshop with IPWR in Trinidad
Project WET's Senior Vice President John Etgen—who recently traveled to Trinidad and Tobago for a workshop—noted, "Because of IPWR's effective programming and outreach, and with the support of Project WET's award-winning water education materials, children and communities throughout Trinidad will become aware of the importance of water in their lives and of the need to protect and use it wisely."
Through public, private and NGO partnerships, IPWR conducts and directs projects and provides scientific direction and other support to investigators to encourage research, publications education and outreach in local, national and global communities. Its goals are to identify and promote opportunities to construct an integrated research agenda, to promote increased research funding, to expand knowledge on water and health and produce technical and non-technical information on water consumption and health.
Understanding the relationship between drinking water and good health is vital to public health, as consumption of quality drinking water is a cornerstone of improved public health. Public health experts note that (1) pasteurization, sterilization and refrigeration of foods, (2) vaccination for childhood illnesses; (3) hygiene and sanitation, and (4) access to potable water have increased the lifespan and improved the general health of people more than any other advancement in the field of medicine.