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100 Water Heroes: Karma Loveday

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Water Policy Advisor and Founder & Editor of The Water Report

Karma Loveday is a respected Water Policy Advisor and Journalist in the water industry. Her passion for writing about emergent water issues led Karma to found The Water Report, a monthly publication that focuses on the UK water and sewerage sector. Using rigorous research and reports, The Water Report unpacks various local issues surrounding water policy and regulation.

Karma is a well-established voice in the water sector, and has spent more than 19 years researching and writing about the industry. Prior to this, Karma obtained a Bachelor of Arts from King’s College London, and continued on to become a Senior Reporter for Water Services Magazine and Water and Environment International magazine.

Karma is also the Chairperson of the Major Energy Users' Council (MEUC) Water Competition Group and Water Market Policy Group. In addition to chairing these groups, Karma provides a monthly bulletin to all members of MEUC, detailing current water issues in the sector.

Karma is one of our #100WaterHeroes for tirelessly researching and writing about water issues in the UK, and for using her voice to spread awareness of the global water crisis.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/karma-loveday-5bb607110

Twitter: @KarmaOckenden 

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: Robert Brears

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Author and Founder of Our Future Water, Mitidaption & Mark and Focus

Robert Brears is a prominent voice in the water sector and has published widely on issues surrounding water management and water security. Robert has launched a number of successful water-related initiatives, including founding Our Future Water, Mitidaption and Mark and Focus.

Robert is the author of Urban Water Security, The Green Economy and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Blue and Green Cities: The Role of Blue-Green Infrastructure in Managing Urban Water Resources, Natural Resource Management and the Circular Economy and Climate Resilient Water Resources Management. In addition to his own renowned publications, Robert the editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s Climate Resilient Societies series.

Robert is a qualified Geologist, and has a degree in Economics and Finance. His further education includes a Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies and a Master of International Law and Politics.

Robert is one of our #100WaterHeroes for using his platform to heighten environmental awareness and solve the global water crisis.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/robertbrears

Twitter: @Robert_Brears

100 Water Heroes: Dr. Anthony Turton

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Environmental Advisor, Speaker, Author

Dr. Anthony Turton is a celebrated Environmental Advisor, Speaker and Author, and has made significant contributions to water resource management in South Africa. Anthony is committed to environmental advocacy, because he “believe[s] that we are reaching limits to our current developmental approaches and will be forced to make changes in the near future, whether we like it or not.”

Anthony has published a wide range of acclaimed books, chapters, reports and scientific publications, many of which are available on his website. He is also currently a Professor at the Centre for Environmental Management at the University of Free State, as well as a professional speaker and environmental consultant.

Anthony’s experience in the water management sector is widespread, and he has helped lead a myriad of local and international institutions, such as the Universities Partnership for Transboundary Waters, International Water Resource Association and the World Water Council.

He has also been given a number of prestigious awards, including the Habitat Council Award (2009), the Nick Steele Memorial Award for Top Environmentalist of the Year (2010), the Green Globe Award for Environmental Activist of the Year, 2012 and the WESSA Award for Lifetime Conservation Achiever 2016.

Anthony is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his dynamic contributions to advancing water conservation in South Africa, and throughout the world.

Website: http://www.anthonyturton.com/

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/anthonyturton

Twitter: @TurtonWater

100 Water Heroes: Hanli Prinsloo

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Co-founder and CEO of I AM WATER

Hanli Prinsloo is a South African freediver, speaker, writer and ocean conservationist. In 2010, she founded I AM WATER, an ocean conservation trust that seeks to “engage and educate ocean-users with the world beneath the waves in order to understand their personal opportunity to protect the planet.”

Prior to launching I AM WATER, Hanli was a highly successful freediver, breaking 11 South African freediving records. She was also the first South African to simultaneously hold 6 freediving records. Hanli’s freediving career exposed her to the beauty of our oceans, as well as the extreme vulnerability of marine organisms. I AM WATER looks to advance ocean conservation “through transformative ocean experience,” ultimately facilitating a deeper understanding of the aquatic world beneath us.

In addition to her work with I AM WATER, Hanli was selected as a World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders.

Hanli is one of our #100WaterHeroes for founding I AM WATER, and for her dedication to furthering ocean advocacy causes throughout South Africa.

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.

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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: Dr. Vandana Shiva

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Environmental Leader

Dr. Vandana Shiva is a renowned academic, author, environmental activist and food sovereignty advocate in India. Vandana is based in Dehli, and serves on the board of the International Forum on Globalisation.

Much of Vandana’s career and life has been dedicated to “the defence and celebration of biodiversity and indigenous knowledge,” leading to her being named an Environmental Hero by Time magazine. Varadana looks to the last 40 years of unsustainable practices and technologies as a predominant contributor to India’s water crisis, and sees this as representative of the global water crisis.

Prior to her work as an environmentalist, Vandana obtained her Master's degree at Panjab University, moving on to work at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. She continued her academic career in Canada, where she earned her Masters in the Philosophy of Science at the University of Guelph. Vandana was awarded her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario in 1978. Vandana then moved into interdisciplinary research surrounding science, technology and environmental policy.

In addition to a highly impressive career in academia, Vandana has published over 20 books. Her most recent publication is entitled Making Peace with the Earth (2013), a book that examines the destructive environmental impact of globalisation, arguing that a “shift to earth-centered politics and economics” is necessary for the earth’s restoration.

Vandana is one of our #100WaterHeroes for her fearless dedication to environmental advocacy, and encouragement of biodiversity and traditional knowledge.

Twitter: Dr. Vandana Shiva

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sethmsiegel/

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