FOR RELEASE: March 20, 2017
Bozeman, Mont. – On World Water Day 2017, Pope Francis will inspire a global conversation that will help shift how the world values and understands its single most precious resource: water. WATERSHED will be launched on March 22nd immediately following a Papal Audience on Piazza San Pietro. WATERSHED will be the first in a series of programs and activities slated for the next five years. Project WET Foundation President and CEO Dennis Nelson has been invited to join in the event and to advocate for the role of water education in solving the world’s complex water issues. WATERSHED will be streamed live on Facebook starting at 10:30 a.m. CET.
Dennis is attending WATERSHED as part of Project WET’s work with #MyWaterStory, a global social media conversation leading up to WATERSHED and other water-related efforts hosted by the Vatican. The #MyWaterStory campaign, developed by graduate students from Ball State University’s Center for Emerging Media Design & Development (EMDD) in conjunction with leading journalists and scientists from Circle of Blue, seeks to encourage discussion about the values and value of water. Project WET has shared its award-winning water resources education materials and worldwide network of partners to encourage involvement in the #MyWaterStory campaign.
Following the General Audience with Pope Francis, an exceptional amalgam of people from every walk of life and every corner of the globe will initiate an extraordinary exchange of ideas around the global water crisis. Experiences will be shared, opinions formed, and solutions presented. The objective is to align global perception with the immediate reality that water is the trigger for unrest and instability, as well as an opportunity for resolution and collaboration.
WATERSHED’s line-up of inspirational speakers, scientists, youth, and business leaders will be live-streamed from the Vatican for a globally connected audience that is invited to digitally share stories of their struggles, their hopes, and their fears about the world’s water supplies. This audience will bring new voices, content, stories, art, media and workable solutions to light.
Visit Facebook.com/valuesofwater starting at 10:30 a.m. CET on March 22, 2017 to view the live stream.