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George McGraw is a human rights professional living in Los Angeles. His organization, the DIGDEEP Right to Water Project (digdeepwater.org), proudly celebrates World Water Day on March 22nd in the U.S. and abroad.

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6 Reasons to Think About Clean Water On Earth Day

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 5:31 PM

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Today the United States celebrates Earth Day to support environmental protection and to praise recent efforts made for environmental preservation.

Water and environmental sustainability go hand-in-hand, so I thought I'd use today to (a) celebrate some of the amazing progress we've made...

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World Water Day 2014: Why These 500 Americans Decided to Live on Just 4 Liters of Water

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 4:30 PM

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It's World Water Day, a time to celebrate global efforts to bring clean water to the 800 million people who still don't have it.

But if all of this talk about the Water Crisis seems distant or vague, here's a...

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Face It: You Don't Care That Much About Water

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 2:29 PM

Providing everyone, everywhere with enough clean water may be the most difficult problem we humans have ever faced.

Still, Americans use hundreds of gallons of water every day without thinking. (Especially in drought-stricken California.)

I think that if we can learn to love our water, it just might save our...

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Why Non-profit Design Should Be Free

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 9:18 AM

It's expensive to run a millennial non-profit. We want things to be faster, bolder, and more inclusive -- which usually means a costly emphasis on design, transparency and impact assessment. Today, non-profits rely on an army of experts outside of their organizations to bring their work to life. It takes...

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These American Families Live Without Running Water (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 8:34 AM

When most people think of dirty water, they think of places like rural Africa. But water poverty affects hundreds-of-thousands of Americans too.

One shocking example? Nearly 40 percent of the 173,000 Navajo in the U.S. don't have a tap or a toilet at home. (For non-Native Americans, that number is...

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David Henrie and Drake Bell Are Living on Just 4 Liters of Water a Day (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 11:30 AM

It might get a little smelly in Hollywood for a few days in October.

David Henrie and Drake Bell (video voice-over) are taking The 4Liter Challenge, a campaign daring Americans to live on just four liters of water a day for up to five days. Participants will use their four liters for everything -- drinking, cooking, cleaning and bathing. They'll share the experience online with pictures, videos and tweets... raising funds to build clean water projects worldwide. The challenge starts October 14th.

People like David and Drake will post awkward or insightful moments from their challenges on 4liters.org -- mornings without a shower, mealtimes without pasta, and what about the toilet?

Americans use more water than any other group, up to 550 liters per person, per day. But nearly a billion people live on just four liters or less, the minimum amount humans need to survive. 4Liters is meant to change the way people think about water, by allowing them to live water poverty and bring clean water to communities in need.

You can sign up and join them by visiting 4liters.org....

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We Raised Money From a Millennial! Now Let's Raise the Bar

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 4:16 PM

Asking a Millennial for money is difficult.

It's a problem I've been struggling with for a few years now. Why is it easier to cop a $500 check from my grandparents' next-door neighbor than to convince a close friend to give $20 to a cause they claim to care about?...

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Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck Says We Don't Have a Right to Water, Believes We Do Have a Right to Water and Everyone's Confused. (Video)

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 6:22 PM

The Internet (almost) exploded this week when Americans Against the Tea Party linked to a video with the title: "Nestlé Chairman: Water Not a Right, Should Be Given a 'Market Value' and Privatized." In it, Nestlé Chairman and former CEO Peter Brabeck suggests that declaring water a right is 'extreme'...

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Water, Water, Everywhere?

(12) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 3:23 PM

Last year, I was sitting in my aunt's kitchen as she presided over dinner with her four small children. Her youngest son was the only one not to finish his macaroni and cheese, happily distracted by a favorite toy. His mother reached over, took the offending tank engine from his...

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