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Problems and Solutions Global Water Dance illuminates water issues through the art of dance and takes place in over 80 cities on six continents on the same day. On June 24th the Flint Michigan community will come together for their first-ever site of GWD. This event is a celebration of togetherness and de-victimization through dance in several cites throughout the city. As a project it showcases the strength of Flint Michigan’s artists as agents of change and activators of positive momentum. http://GLOBALWATERDANCES.ORG

“Freshwater is the thread that connects everyone and everything on planet Earth. Rivers, streams, lakes and groundwater are all impacted by how we live on the land. We at The Nature Conservancy appreciate Global Water Dances creative and dynamic campaign to raise awareness of this critical resource. Your efforts are reminding people of the importance of managing our water resources and uniting communities to take action for safe, clean water.” The Nature Conservancy GWD Project Mission Statement: We serve a global community of choreographers and dancers to lead local change for water issues.

We live on a water planet: 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water. But the vast bulk of that water, 97.5%, is salt water. The fresh water that humans need to live is far scarcer (not to mention all of the planet’s other plants and animals that cannot survive without fresh water.) Only 2.5% of the world’s water is fresh water. And of that 2.5%, most of the world’s fresh water is not easily accessible or available. A minuscule 0.4% exists in surface lakes and rivers, and as humidity in the air. A whopping 69.5% is frozen in glaciers, snow, and permafrost. And another 30.1% is in underground aquifers.

Our events addressed some of these water issues, to read more please go to Our Impact. Unequal Access The United Nations has long recognized that access to fresh water is brutally unequal. Almost one billion people, roughly one person out of every 8, do not have access to clean water. On July 28, 2010, the General Assembly passed UN Resolution 64/292The Right to Water and Sanitation, declaring that the United Nations: “Recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.” In the text of the resolution, the UN estimated that 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water, and that more than 2.6 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation. The United Nation’s figures show that unsafe water kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.