Lara Gattermann

Water has so many powers apart from creating tsunamis, storm surge disasters and simply exuding serenity on a white sanded beach.  

Also apart from keeping us alive, of course (just saying).
It has the power to move us. It moves surfers, sailors, swimmers, fish, dolphins and whales physically. And me? And all the other people who love taking a walk by the sea? The sensation of sand caressing your feet with every step you take, the sound of the waves doing their thing, all the time, maybe also the sound of seagulls – and the smell of salt water combined with that ocean breeze you feel. It moves us physically, but from what I can say, even more emotionally. So, if we talk about water, what are we talking about?
To sum it up, something we depend on. SO. MUCH.
Maybe we could compare water to love. We need love, all of us, love from partners, strangers, friends, animals. It can transform us into the happiest creatures on earth. If it’s gone, we either become monsters or just incredibly sad. And if it’s too much, we lose ourselves.

… and a tribute to the sea

The sea can be a magical place, if you let it.
Maybe it’s because we are seeking a contrast, something that’s bigger than we are.
The waves don’t age, they never die, they sometimes go wild and other times they stay super calm, but they always keep going back and forth. They never stop existing and the horizon is always there. It isn’t always visible, but we know it’s always there. It stays the same, while we can and have to evolve. Maybe that’s what makes the sea such a curing place. It gifts us a small piece of forever.

So that’s what we think about water…

because it’s easy to forget the other side of the story.
With the existing climate change scenario, by 2030, water scarcity in some arid and semi-arid places will displace between 24 million and 700 million people. 
Since the 1990s, water pollution has worsened in almost all rivers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 
1.8 billion people in the world use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.

Those problems are huge, and we are small, but we’re not the only ones fighting. Among us are politicians, NGOs and celebrities like Matt Damon – all working together to create change. To learn more about the water issue and its extent, make sure to stay tuned for our upcoming posts.

You realize you can’t change the world – but it shouldn’t stop you from trying.”
– Kevin Johnson

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