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100 Water Heroes: Tara Lohan

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Environmental journalist and editor

Tara Lohan is an Environmental Journalist and Editor and has been writing on issues surrounding energy, water and the environment for over a decade. She is currently the Deputy Editor of The Revelator, an “online news and ideas initiative” of the Centre for Biological Diversity.

Prior to working with The Revelator, Tara was the Managing Director of Water Deeply, an initiative that covers water crises happening in the American West, and their various implications. In addition to writing for Water Deeply, Tara’s work has been featured in a number of publications, including the Nation, the American Prospect, Salon, Pacific Standard, KQED, and others.

Tara has also edited two books on the global water crisis, including Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource. Throughout her work, Tara draws attention to the intersection of water, climate, energy and food, and uses her platform to highlight global environmental issues.

Tara is one of our #100WaterHeroes for using her expertise to draw attention to global issues of water, energy and environment.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/taralohan

Twitter: @TaraLohan

Website: taralohan.com  

100 Water Heroes: Mbali Chiya

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Journalist, Alex FM

Mbali Chiya is a South African journalist whose work on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) has been internationally recognised. In 2014, Mbali was named as one of their WASH Media Award winners for her feature, Human Rights to Water and Sanitation.

The WASH Media Prize is “awarded to journalists for excellence in reporting on critical water, sanitation and hygiene issues,” a competition that is entered by people throughout the world. Mbali’s winning feature was focused on raising awareness of WASH issues in Alexandra Township, Gauteng.

By engaging with community members on their WASH concerns, Mbali was able to explain their rights to adequate WASH facilities, something she believes many of them did not initially understand. In competition with a number of international journalists, Mbali’s feature won the “The Human Right to Water and Sanitation” category.

Mbali is one of our #100WaterHeroes for raising awareness about WASH issues in South Africa and for reminding citizens of their rights to adequate WASH facilities.

Listen to Mbali’s winning feature:

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: Ma Jun

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Founder and Director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE)

Ma Jun is an environmentalist, author, environmental consultant and journalist. Currently, he is the Director of the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) which, under his leadership produced the China Water Pollution Map - the first public database of information surrounding water pollution in China. In addition to his work with IPE, he is also the Environmental Consultant for the Sinosphere Corporation.

Prior to working with IPE, Ma was a respected journalist or the South China Morning Post (SCMP) from 1993-2000. During his time at SCMP, he wrote an array of environmentally-focused articles, and was later appointed as the chief representative of SCMP.com in Beijing.

In 1999, Ma wrote a book entitled China’s Water Crisis, the first book to deal at length with China’s environmental crisis. In 2006, Ma was named on Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. He was also awarded the Goldman Prize in 2012, for his contributions towards publicising China’s environmental information.

Ma is one of our #100WaterHeroes for leading the development of the China Pollution Map Database, and for using his platform to raise awareness of the nation’s environmental issues.

IPE Website

100 Water Heroes: Angela Morelli & Tom Gabriel Johansen

Founders of InfoDesignLab

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Today’s #100WaterHeroes are co-founders of InfoDesignLab, Angela Morelli (CEO) and Tom Gabriel Johansen (COO). Angela and Tom are information designers who co-founded InfoDesignLab after recognising “how vital it is to design information in a way that strikes the right note in the mind of the viewer.”

Prior to her work with InfoDesignLab, Angela attained her MA specialising in Information Design. She was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2012, and is currently an ambassador for virtual water and water footprint research.

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Tom has over 15 years of experience in the data-journalism and design fields. With his extensive experience and skill, Tom is described as “innovative and powerful in the service of understanding.”

On the topic of virtual water, InfoDesignLab created a platform whereby users are able to visualise the virtual water hidden in their food - The Water We Eat. The experience is immersive and visually exciting, all the while raising awareness of the invisible water that exists in everything we consume.

Angela and Tom are today’s #100WaterHeroes because of their commitment to turning water science into meaningful narratives, beautiful visions and understandable messages.

Angela’s Twitter: @angelamorelli 

Tom’s Twitter: @tomhal99

The Water We Eat

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Oslo, Norway