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Celebrating World Water Week


1 BILLION persons on our planet live without clean drinking water

Almost 5-million persons die EACH YEAR due to water-related disease.

In the USA, 210 billion PLASTIC BOTTLES are consumed each year.

Charity Water

Watch: Charity Water’s – Water Changes Everything (3-minutes)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCHhwxvQqxg

World Water Week

World Water Week in Meaningful Trip’s backyard… Seattle, WA.   World Water Week was started at Chief Sealth High School by senior Molly Freed.  What started as a passion of one interested student to try to make a difference has turned into a celebrated yearly festival.  Way to go Molly for making a BIG splash!  We attended yesterday’s festival. Hundreds of students at Chief Sealth had displays on water, water security, water conflict, sanitation, fracking, plastics. 


                 Meaningful Trip founder, Joe StaianoMeaningful Trip founder, Joe Staiano

Environmental artist, Chris Jordan was the keynote speaker and shocked the audience with images of what 1 million discarded plastic bottles looks like and what 1 million discarded cell phones looks like. 

Chris Jordan Plastic bottles - up close

He then showed sobering images from his time on Midway documenting plastics affects on albatross.  On this remote pacific island, tens of thousands of albatross die each year from plastic trash that is ingested.  Watch his 3-minute trailer for upcoming documentary, Midway. http://www.vimeo.com/25563376Midway

Chris talked about how in a world of war, pollution, climate catastrophe, corruption, one of the biggest problems we face as humans is that

We have become DISCONNECTED

Is there hope?

Is there a solution?


CLICK HERE for the magic answer and see if you have it?



Water.orgNonprofit helping to transform hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/

Charity: Watercharity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Water 1st InternationalSupports clean water, toilet and hygiene projects for the world’s poorest communities in Ethiopia, Honduras, Bangladesh, and India.

Wiser Earth ProjectA virtual community is inhabited by people who believe that a more just and sustainable world is possible.  WiserEarth’s mission is to help the global movement of people and organizations working toward social justice, indigenous rights, and environmental stewardship to connect, collaborate, share knowledge, and build alliances.


About Joe Staiano

I believe that meaningful travel can change the world! I am passionate about the power that meaningful travel has in affecting positive economic, environmental and social development.

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