Adam Hart-Davis hosts regional World Water and Met Day events
Popular television scientist and writer Adam Hart-Davis is visiting the South West to mark World Water Day this Thursday at the Eden Project and World Met Day on Friday at The Met Office in Exeter.
Adam is a keen follower of WaterAid, the specialist water and sanitation charity, whose local supporters, the Environment Agency, South West Water, the Met Office and the Eden Project, have organised this week's events.
On Thursday 22 March, United Nations World Water Day, there will be a screening of the documentary film The Long Walk at the Eden Project (where Adam will be talking about his recent trip to Bangladesh) and at Exeter's Guildhall Shopping Centre.
The film, by Ali Hobbs, is shot in real-time and follows one woman's journey to fetch water in the Nuba Mountains in Africa. Visitors and shoppers in both locations may see the walk begin in the morning and return, much later, to find her still walking.
On Friday, the Met Office plays host to 'A Climate for Life' an evening chaired by Adam Hart-Davis in their Exeter office. The event will emphasise how WaterAid's projects, working with those living in extreme poverty in developing countries, will become increasingly important in the context of a changing climate.
Organised jointly by the Environment Agency, South West Water and the Met Office, this invitation-only event aims to promote the work of WaterAid to a locally and regionally influential audience and to broaden understanding of the issues involved. The discussion will culminate in the showing of Al Gore's highly topical film An Inconvenient Truth. In addition, hundreds of SWW, EA and Met Office staff supporters will be pledging an hour's pay as part of WaterAid's Give An Hour fundraising campaign for World Water Day. Members of the public can volunteer to do likewise at www.wateraid.org/giveanhour
Adam said: "People tend to forget that not having clean water to drink was a major cause of illness and mortality in the UK until relatively recently. Developing countries are in exactly the same situation that our ancestors were in just 150 years ago, and by supporting WaterAid and their partners this World Water Day you can make a difference."
NOTES TO EDITORS
1) There will be an opportunity for the media to meet with Adam Hart-Davis and the other speakers on the evening of March 23 at the Met Office. For more information on this event, please contact Keith Fenwick on 01392 884063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2) The Long Walk - Film maker Ali Hobbs visited the Nuba Mountains in Africa in 2006 and filmed Sarah's 7.5 hour journey in 45 degree heat to fetch water in her 20 litre container. She is just one example of the millions of women in developing countries who spend the average working day just walking for water.
3) WaterAid is the charity of the UK industry. Water-related diseases are the second biggest killer of children worldwide. WaterAid provides practical, sustainable solutions, made more effective through local and international collaborations, and advocates policies that combat disease, advance education, and reduce poverty in some of the poorest, most vulnerable communities in the world. For more information on WaterAid's work please go to www.wateraid.org.uk or contact Louise Watson on 0207 793 4793.
Published: March 20, 2007