21.11.2018 - Natural Sciences Sector

Mina Guli and UNESCO WWAP running for water


WWAP team joined the water advocate and ultra-runner Mina Guli, in the Marathon organized in the surroundings of Perugia, where UNESCO WWAP is based, to raise awareness on the global water crisis.

The world is facing an expected 40% drop in supply and demand of water by 2030 - just 12 years from today.

#RunningDry is the campaign launched by the marathon runner  Mina Guli, to raise awareness on the theme of water: "My travels are a call to the world to unite and save water: the water we have to live, to survive, is ending. We launch the #RunningDry campaign to communicate the severity of the crisis we are facing, which is why I chose to do the unthinkable: run 100 marathons in 100 days all over the world to show the commitment to water at 100% . We can all help to solve the global water crisis, each of us is able to make the difference".

This is the message shared also in her marathon in Perugia, where thanks to the support of UNESCO WWAP, Mina run 42 km from WWAP Secretariat towards Assisi.

During the run, Mina and WWAP team visited the Primary School of Collestrada, where over 100 kids welcomed the runners with drop blue flags on hands,  and singing "The Canticle of the Creatures”, a religious song composed by St. Francis of Assisi. The Canticle in its praise of God thanks Him for such creations as "Sister Water": Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water, which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste”.

The run ended in Assisi, in a private meeting with Padre Fortunato of the Sacro Convento di San Francesco; the meeting focused on the importance of water in religion practices and on the deep linkage between water and spiritualism.

Journalists and the local tv joined to record interviews to the participants of the event.

Photo Gallery of the run in Perugia – 14 November 2018

Watch the video of the day

Interview to Mina Guli

Interview to Stefan Uhlenbrook, WWAP Coordinator


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