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100 Water Heroes: Bridgetti Lim Banda

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Cape Town Water Crisis Community Creator & Founder of The Water Show

Bridgetti Lim Banda is a Social Entrepreneur, Live Video Producer, Live TV Host and Channel Manager. Bridgetti has also founded The Cape Town Water Crisis page and online community on Facebook, where members are able to engage in constructive dialogues surrounding the area’s severe water issues.

In April 2017, Bridgetti launched The Water Show, in which she interviews water experts and thought leaders in the sector. During these broadcasts, Bridgetti speaks to her guests about how to make water-constrained South Africa more water resilient, and how these lessons can help find a global solution to the water crisis. Throughout this work, Bridgetti seeks to “connect with water professionals and citizens from around the globe to create local and global awareness, education, and a shared body of knowledge and to learn from experiences shared.” Mina was recently a guest on The Water Show, during which she chatted to Bridgetti about the global water crisis and what she learnt during her time in South Africa.

In addition to curating The Cape Town Water Crisis Facebook community, Bridgetti also manages the Water Forum South Africa (WFSA) page, which works on “changing the narrative from water scarcity to abundance for all through conversations that matter with water professionals.”

Bridgetti is one of our #100WaterHeroes for her commitment to building water conscious communities and for connecting professionals and thought leaders in the water sector.

Website: bridgetti.live  

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/bridgetti

Facebook: @Bridgetti.Live

Twitter: @Bridgetti

100 Water Heroes: Christine Colvin

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Freshwater Senior Manager at World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa

Christine Colvin works with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as Freshwater Senior Manager for South Africa. Christine leads WWF-SA as they seek to provide water security throughout the region.

Christine has worked at WWF for over seven years and, in that time, has launched a number of successful initiatives that include Water Source Areas and Water Stewardship programmes, as well as the Journey of Water Campaign aimed at connecting people to where their water comes from.

Prior to working with WWF, Christine spent sixteen years as a Hydrosciences Group Leader at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, where she lead a group of water experts in “building the science and evidence base for sustainable Integrated Water Resource Management in South Africa.”

Christine has also been a prominent voice during Cape Town’s recent drought and, when speaking on the future of South Africa’s water situation, said:

“We encourage you to immerse yourself in each potential reality before considering how you might prepare, and most critically, what you could do differently today.”

Christine is one of our #100WaterHeroes for passionately advocating for a water secure future, and for leading initiatives that can bring South Africa closer to that goal.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/christine-colvin-6ba7025

Twitter: @ColvinH2O 

100 Water Heroes: Debra Tan

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Director and Head of China Water Risk (CWR)

Debra Tan leads China Water Risk (CWR) in its mission to “foster efficient and responsible use of the China’s water resources by engaging the global business and investment communities in understanding and managing China’s water risk.” Launched in 2011, CWR has become a internationally respected institution in the water risk sector.

Prior to her involvement with water issues, Debra worked as a chartered accountant and investment banker. She has produced a number of reports for financial institutions that focus on the water risks surrounding the power, mining, agricultural and textiles industries. These reports “have been considered groundbreaking and instrumental in understanding not just China’s but future global water challenges.” Particularly notable was a report that resulted in the fashion industry nomination CWR as a finalist for the Global Leadership Awards in Sustainable Apparel. She is a renowned speaker who has delivered numerous key note addresses, as well as having been invited to join prestigious panel discussions, conferences and academic forums.

Under Debra’s leadership, CWR has focused on transforming China’s industrial and agricultural sectors to be environmentally sustainable, particularly because they are the country’s main polluters and make up over 80% of their overall water use. CWR’s long-term vision is to create “an investment and corporate universe that understands and responds to the inherent environmental and business risks of China’s water crisis, working together to ensure sustainable use of water resources.”

Debra is one of our #100WaterHeroes for leading China Water Risk as they seek to create industrial and agricultural sectors that are environmentally sustainable and water-conscious.

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100 Water Heroes: Rachel Pang Hoi Yan

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Founder of Water for Free

Rachel Pang Hoi Yan is the Founder of Water for Free, an NGO to identifies and encourages the use of water dispensaries throughout Hong Kong city.

Rachel was first introduced to environmentalism after developing a breathing problem as a result of the smog in Beijing, where she worked at the time. Rachel then partook in a range of environmental campaigns whenever she had the time, and launched her full-time career in conservation in 2016.

Under Rachel’s leadership, Water for Free has been developing an app that identifies free water dispensaries throughout Hong Kong, showing the location of over 1300 water fountains. By making free, clean water more accessible, Rachel hopes to discourage and reduce bottled water consumption.

Water for Free has also been focused on lobbying the government to install more water fountains throughout the city, in places such as museums, libraries and public transport hubs.

Rachel is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of her proactive approach to reducing plastic waste by making clean water easily accessible to the people of Hong Kong.

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100 Water Heroes: Aabid Surti

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Founder of the Drop Dead Foundation

Aabid Surti is the Founder of the one-man NGO, Drop Dead Foundation (DDF), which fixes leaking taps in residential houses in Mumbai, free of charge.

He read a newspaper article in 2007 that explained that a tap that dripped once every second would lead to the waste of over 1000 litres of water a month. When he became aware of the severity of the looming global water crisis, he was incentivised to found Drop Dead, which uses the tagline, “save every drop, or drop dead.” He hired a plumber, and together, they visit houses to replace the gasket on leaking faucets.

Before he added environmentalist to his list of achievements, Aabid was already a prolific National award-winning author of over 80 books, as well as a screenwriter, cartoonist and artist. Since starting his water-saving initiatives, he was been nominated for the CNN-IBN CJ ‘Be The Change’ Award in 2010, organised the DDF short film competition to raise awareness on water conservation and had his project featured on multiple national and international media platforms.

Aabid is one of our #100waterheroes for taking the unwavering commitment to making water-saving changes in his own community, one tap at a time.

Website: http://aabidsurti.in/#

100 Water Heroes: Subash Chandra Reddy

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Founder and Director of SMARAN

Subash Chandra Reddy is the Founder and Director of SMARAN, an environmental NGO that seeks to “promote natural resource base livelihoods for poor and rural communities and to protect and manage the environment and natural resources with major emphasis on water.” Subash has committed his life and career to environmentalism, with a particular focus on water conservation.

Under Subash’s leadership, SMARAN has successfully been involved in an array of water conservation programmes, including check dam renovations and rainwater harvesting (RWH) projects. SMARAN operates out of Hyderabad, an area particularly affected by drought, and assists farmers in running successful farms through the use of alternative forms of water collection. SMARAN is also involved in an variety of other community upliftment and water saving projects, such as micro-watershed development, nursery raising and RWH in impoverished areas.

Through his work with SMARAN, Subash aims to rejuvenate drought-stricken Hyderabad by implementing RWH throughout society, allowing the local community to self-sustainably manage their own water.

Subash is one of our #100WaterHeroes because of his focus on creating self-sufficient communities through the incorporation of rainwater harvesting

Twitter: @SubhashRedd9

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/subash-reddy

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.