invisible water

100 Water Heroes: Stephen Leahy

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Environmental Journalist and Author

Stephen Leahy is a celebrated environmental journalist and author with over 20 years experience covering global environmental issues. His book, Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts Behind Our Thirst for Earth’s Most Precious Resource, was named Canada's Best Science Book of 2014, “for it’s clarity, relevance and powerful infographics.”

From 2009-2015, Stephen worked as a Senior Science and Environment Correspondent at Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS), the world’s biggest non-profit news agency. In addition to his work with IPS, Stephen has written articles for numerous prominent publications throughout the world, such as National Geographic News, The Guardian (UK), Vice, New Scientist and dozens more.

Stephen’s extensive list of achievements also includes being co-founder of the award-winning Climate News Mosaic, an alliance of international journalists reporting on climate change. In 2012, he was the co-winner of the prestigious United Nations Global Media Prize for outstanding coverage of climate change and other environmental issues.

Stephen is one of our #100WaterHeroes for dedicating his career to spotlighting international environmental issues, and for using his platform to raise awareness of the invisible water in everything we consume.

Twitter: @StephenLeahy

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/stephenleahy

Website: https://stephenleahy.net/

100 Water Heroes: Jianming Liu

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Jianming Liu is a nine-year-old boy from Shanghai who loves sports and doing what he can to better his community. He takes part in a range of sporting activities, such as running, hiking and little iron man. In addition to his sporting ability, Jianming has been involved in a number of volunteer initiatives, such as taking care of and playing with autistic children, raising money for charity and contributing to charity exhibitions.

Jianming recently heard about #RunningDry and has since been inspired to learn more about invisible water and conserves water wherever possible.

In his new-found passion for water conservation, Jianming has said that he makes sure to turn off the faucet when brushing his teeth, chooses hand sanitiser over soap and water, and reuses household grey water. He has also been careful to save paper, because he is aware of how much water goes into everything we consume

Jianming is one of our #100WaterHeroes for passionately serving his community and doing whatever he can to make sure every drop counts!

100 Water Heros: Eric Firmann

Co-Founder of Re:Down

by Kelvin Trautman

by Kelvin Trautman

Eric Firmann is co-founder of Re:Down, a company that recycles down and feathers from discarded consumer goods and turns them into products such as sleeping bags, bedding and other apparel. Re:Down also up-cycles broken feathers and down fibers into effective organic fertilizers, all towards their mission of zero waste.

Eric describes passion and work with Re:Down as being a result of “the rapid evolution of mass consumption and its consequences on the environment and on our natural resources.” In Europe alone, it is estimated that annual textile waste comes up to 7,500,000 tons. Eric’s work with Re:Down is integrally linked to the global water crisis in that their recycling and zero waste focus reduces the invisible water footprint of manufacturing.

With over 20 years in the Textile industry, Eric co-founded Re:Down “in order to make this industry more sustainable and actively participate to make a better world!”

Eric’s commitment to environmental sustainability and his zero waste initiatives are why he is one of our #100WaterHeroes

Linkedin:

Eric Firmann: linkedin.com/in/eric-firmann-817b18154

Re:Down: linkedin.com/company/re-down/

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Lyon, France


100 Water Heroes: Dr. Liz Goodwin

Senior Fellow and Director of Food Loss and Waste for the World Resources Institute

by Kelvin Trautman

by Kelvin Trautman

Dr. Liz Goodwin is the World Resource Institute’s Senior Fellow and Director of Food Loss and Waste. In addition to her work with the WRI, Liz is also the Chair of the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB), an appointment by the Mayor of London. In 2015, Liz was awarded an OBE by the Queen for her contributions to the Business Resources Efficiency and the Environment

With a PhD in chemistry and professional background as a Scientific Researcher for the ICI, Liz began focusing on issues of environmental sustainability after “realising the vital role that care for the environment was likely to have in the future.” Liz vocally supports UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, whose goal is to cut global food waste in half by 2030. Through her work with the WRI, she drives a number of initiatives that assist in realising this goal.

Liz’s focus on significantly reducing food wastage is intrinsically linked to saving water - the food we eat is made up of large amounts of invisible water, with agriculture alone accounting for 92% of our global water footprint (Hoekstra & Mekonnen, 2012). This means that, when food is wasted, so is the water that went into making it.

Liz Goodwin is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability, and her tireless efforts towards making SDG 12.3 a reality by 2030.

Twitter: @LizGoodwin

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Oxford, UK