Blue Planet Run


Written by Heydon Prowse
01 Monday 01st June 2009

If you’ve been reading our recent stories on the current worldwide water shortage and you’re a bit worried, then you should buy Blue Planet Run. Around 1.1 billion people around the world currently lack access to clean drinking water and 66 percent of the people on Earth will suffer from water shortages by the year 2025. We are sucking water out of the ground four times faster than it is being replenished by nature. But despite the scale of this crisis, it has remained on the margins of the public conscience. One hundred percent of the royalties from Blue Planet Run are used to provide clean water to the people around the world who desperately need it. Below are a selection of images from the book.

Starting in 2010, China plans to divert water from the Yangtze and other rivers to Beijing and the arid northern plain. Opponents fear that the project, which includes three 700-mile channels, could dry up the river in 30 years.

Beneath the frozen ice of the Ural River in Russia, affected by waste from Lenin Steelworks, fish have become too contaminated to eat

The Ural River is not an isolated case. So many water sources have become so polluted and overfished that one in every five of the world's water freshwater species have become extinct, threatened or endangered in recent decades.

Workers in the Indian State of Maharashtra bring in the cotton crop

Worldwide, cotton growing is a $12 billion industry. Its current production of 20 million tons is expected to more than double by 2050. Cotton requires arid growing climates and enormous amounts of water - up to one million gallons for every acre, or 2,000 gallons for every cotton t-shirt.

As Florida booms developments continue their steady march on the Everglades

Florida's population increased by 13 percent from 2000 to 2006, making it the third fastest growing state in the US. On average, more than 900 people move into the state every day. They all use lots of water.

The security fence around the West Bank has isolated many Palestinian villages from the wells they rely on

Israel controls 90 percent of the freshwater supply in the region, including the Jordan River and the large groundwater aquifer under the West Bank. In a recent report The World Bank said that Israel that Israel extracts 50 percent more water from the three aquifers it shares with the Palestinian Authority than it is authorised to do. The average per capita amount of fresh water available to Israelis is four times as high as that available to Palestinians, while in the agricultural sector it is five times as high and had caused a loss of up to 10 percent of the Palestinian Authority's Gross Domestic Product, and 110,000 jobs.

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