100 Water Heroes: Matt Malina

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Founder of NYC H20

Matt Malina is a water educator with such a passion for the New York water system that he created a series of educational tours and lectures about NYC’s incredible drinking water system: NYC H2O. Their mission is “to inspire and educate New Yorkers of all ages to learn about, enjoy and protect their city’s local water ecology”.

Native New Yorker Matt founded NYC H2O in 2009 and initiated the series of tours, lectures, field trips and beach clean-ups that make up the current public and school programs. A public school math teacher and co-founder of InTandem (a tandem cycling program that pairs blind and sighted athletes), Matt’s passion for water comes partly from his past school career as a competitive swimmer and triathlete.

Matt Malina is one of our #100waterheroes because of his single-minded determination to educate and inspire New York’s citizens about its incredible water system.

Twitter: @nyc_h2o



New York City, USA

100 Water Heroes: Seth M. Siegel

Water activist, author and speaker

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Seth M. Siegel believes that together, we can solve the world’s water problems. He is a water activist, author, and campaigner for change in water policy in the US and around the world.

After training as a lawyer, Seth pursued a business career and subsequently sold the company he co-founded to Ford Motor Company. He has since spent most of his time on community service, while helping to incubate companies in fields as diverse as financial services, real estate brokerage and digital entertainment. But his heart belongs to water.

Seth’s award-winning, international bestseller Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World speaks to this passion, as does the book he’s currently working on, about the widespread contamination of America’s drinking water, and how to improve it.

Seth M. Siegel is one of our #100waterheroes because of his solution-based emphasis on the global water crisis.

Twitter: @SethMSiegel



New York City, USA

Introducing 100 Water Heroes

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Hi, I’m Mina Guli. I’m running 100 marathons in 100 days to show that we can all do extraordinary things when we are inspired by a bigger purpose. For me, that purpose is Water. The world is in a water crisis, and more people need to know about it so we can change our ways.

When I was in my early 20’s I had an accident and doctors told me I’d never run again. But last year, I ran 40 marathons along 6 major rivers around the world.  I saw for myself the devastation of industrial water use, pollution, poor water management, and climate change. I also saw how good policy and public action could restore a once-dead river, like the Thames. With determination we can improve our lives and the world.

I want to use my runs this year to highlight people who are committed to saving water and ending the water crisis. That’s why I’m going to be highlighting a water hero every day for the coming 100 days.

Please follow my journey @minaguli #runningdry, and nominate and celebrate a water hero you know using the #100waterheroes hashtag.