I have always been passionate about water. From a young age I would spend hours in the ocean, my skin shriveled like dried prunes and an enormous smile on my face, tanned from hours in the sun. On hot summer days, we would play under the hose or the sprinkler, squealing as we ran under the cold water, feet creating muddy tracks across the grass.
A lot has changed since then. I've lived through ten years of draught, seen the possibility for change, and come to believe in the power of people to change the world. As I have grown, so too has my passion. From those humble days in my Australian backyard, I traveled across the world working as a lawyer, banker, entrepreneur and finally now on my biggest passion, water.
This is not just about any water.
Or any projects.
These are projects I think can change the world -
to avert the oncoming natural crisis.
Thirst, which I launched 2012, is a grassroots education and innovation organisation focused on raising awareness about the water crisis amongst the next generation.
Thirst recently celebrated it’s 500,000th graduate from its education programs, collaborates with over 400 schools, has over 900 qualified volunteers to teach its programs, had 200,000 students participate in its innovation competitions, operates through 3 offices in 28 cities, and is endorsed by the Chinese Government.
7 Deserts Run
A world first - this involved me running 40 marathons across 7 deserts on 7 continents in just 7 weeks. All for one reason – water. Why 40 marathons? To represent the 40% difference between demand and supply for water which is forecast by 2030.
This was an epic and incredible adventure – of discovering the sheer enormity of the water problem we are facing as told by the local people we met along the way, and of understanding the importance of telling these stories to the rest of the world.
In support of raising awareness about Global Goal 6 (water), starting on World Water Day (22 March 2017), I will again run – this time down 6 of the world’s great rivers, on 6 continents in just 6 weeks.
This expedition will again consist of 40 marathons to highlight the water problem, and to showcase how our consumption links us to some of the major water issues in the world – even those not on our own doorstep.