If water stops running, life stops working.
The world’s future and our lives depend on having enough clean, safe water.
We need extraordinary commitment to ensure clean water for all. This is mine...
Mina Guli running a marathon a day for 40 days along 6 rivers around the world for the United Nations' GLOBAL GOAL 6: Clean water for all.
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- The 6 River Run Route -
- Follow the journey -
RIVER 1 | North America
22 - 26 March 2017
RIVER 2 | SOUTH AMERICA
28 March - 2 April 2017
RIVER 3 | AUSTRALIA
5 - 9 April 2017
River 4 | Asia
10 - 17 April 2017
RIVER 5 | Africa
18 - 23 april 2017
RIVER 6 | EUROPE
24 April - 1 may 2017
the 6 river run IS A Go!
Expedition kicked off on world water day, 22 March 2017
Distance still to go
2 days to go
Where is Mina now?
Join our movement to gather worldwide support for Global Goal 6
Mina is carrying a large flag during her 6 River Run and asking people to sign it as a demonstration of their commitment towards achieving the UN's Global Goal 6 by 2030. The flag & online form with signatures will be delivered to the UN Headquarters in New York after the run.
HAng on...what are the Global Goals, and what is global goal 6?
In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are met, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
Our governments have a plan to save our planet…it’s our job to make sure they stick to it.
The Global Goals are only going to work if we fight for them
and you can’t fight for your rights if you don’t know what they are.
- From the Global Goals Website
Now, let's talk the big talk...global goal 6
Global Goal 6 is focused on ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
To illustrate the diversity of water issues, Global Goal 6 has 6 subgoals each focusing on a different aspect of the water crisis. Nifty, right?
So, here are the 6 subgoals of Global Goal 6
- By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
- By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all & end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
- By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
- By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity
- By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
- By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes
Now, let's get going and protect our water!
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My thoughts on water in the locations I have run through
- FreQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -
WHo is Mina?
Mina Guli is a former corporate lawyer, who founded Thirst, a China based non-profit that educates children on invisible water. Last year alone, more than 400,000 children graduated from Thirst!
She is also a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Meet Mina!
Why water, and global goal6?
Clean, safe, accessible water for all is the most pressing issue of our world faces today. Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation affects people’s lives, livelihoods, food security, choices and future.
What is Global goal 6?
Banger question, mate! The UN has adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you. Goal 6 focusses on water in particular.
The first step to getting involved and contributing to a sustainable future, is by telling everyone about them. So, here we are :)
Why these 6 rivers?
The rivers Mina will run along, bring the issues of Global Goal 6 to life. They vividly illustrate the various world-wide water issues that affect people’s lives on a daily basis.
These problems can be solved with innovation, but only if people are interested and committed enough to re-engineer their lives, companies adopt sustainable best practices (for example, by making more water-friendly products) and governments implement Goal 6 through their national and local policies.
Who takes all the amazing photos?
Our precious... Kelvin Trautman, the outdoor and adventure photographer extraordinaire!
What is the campaign hashtag?
Where can I follow the campaign?
The #run4water expedition lives on Mina Guli's social media pages. You can get 'em here:
how can i support the #run4water campaign?
Ah, thought you'd never ask :) Very simple. We're trying to raise awareness of the UN's Global Goal 6. You can help us by showing your support with a click: follow Mina on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Why just a follow?
We believe that our global water issues can be solved with innovation, but only if people are interested enough to re-engineer their lives, and lobby companies to adopt sustainable best practices, and make more water friendly products. Thus, the first step to making this happen is building a community. That's you :)
Has Mina done something like this before?
Yes! Mina completed her 7 Deserts Run, where she ran the equivalent of 40 marathons (1,049 miles) in 7 weeks, across 7 deserts on 7 continents. The campaign focused on water scarcity issues. Deserts were great at visualising this story! The 7 Deserts Run expedition finished in the Mojave desert in Nevada. It is thus fitting to have this as the start of this year’s expedition.
Check out the campaign here or scroll down the #run4water hash on Twitter to find the expedition content.
Is Mina crazy to do this?
"...all progress depends on the unreasonable man." - George Bernard Shaw. Need we say more?
- Expedition media-
All the expedition photos
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