03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

World Celebrities Unite To Celebrate Water

From International Space Station (ISS), 14 cities, Al Gore, U2, David Suzuki, Shakira, Matthew McConaughey, Salma Hayek and many more top celebrities will be taking part in a world premiere artistic event on October 9th to raise awareness about the issues facing our planet's water.

Last week, circus entrepreneur Guy Laliberte undertook a groundbreaking, ground-leaving adventure of a lifetime. The Founder of Cirque du Soleil and the ONE DROP Foundation decided to become Canada's first private explorer in space and the first to engage in a Poetic Social Mission in Space. During his 12-day stay aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Laliberte's unique social/humanitarian mission will have one clear purpose: to raise humanity's awareness of water-related issues.

Why unite to fight water crisis?

  • Nearly a billion human beings do not have access to safe drinking water.
  • More children die every year from drinking unclean water than in all of the world's armed conflicts.
  • Fully half of the world's wetlands have disappeared since 1900.
  • Collectively, the women of South Africa walk the equivalent of 16 trips to the moon and back each day just to collect water.

These are all facts and The Ugly Truth. Aren't these reasons sufficient enough to take action? ONE DROP's goal: to play a role in changing and influencing how safe water is shared and made accessible around the world. Laliberte's mission in space is dedicated to making an impact on how water, our most precious resource, is protected and shared.

The timing has never been better to create awareness for water issues and we are asking for your help to create a global domino effect using your tribes, network and sheer belief that together we can build better world!

Together we can make a difference.

What is Moving Stars and Earth for Water event?

On October 9 Laliberte intends to lead an artistic performance from orbit entitled Moving Stars and Earth for Water. The two-hour global show will link up with live performances and celebrity appearances from 14 cities worldwide. The whole endeavour will be streamed on ONE DROP's website on October 9, 2009 at 8:00 p,m. EDT (GMT-4).

This once-in-a-lifetime artistic event will have at its core, a poetic tale to celebrate water written by Man Booker Prize award winner author Yann Martel (Life of Pi). The tale will be gradually revealed as the program takes us through 14 cities around the world such as NYC, Rio, Santa Monica, Mumbai, Tampa. It will bring together personalities such as Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Dr. David Suzuki, Matthew McConaughey, Peter Gabriel, Salma Hayek, Shakira, Tatuya Ishii, U2, Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai and many others who will join their voices with Guy Laliberte and the ONE DROP Foundation to celebrate water.

Under the theme Moving Stars and Earth for Water, the Poetic Social Mission will raise awareness about the issues of water in the world today from a variety of perspectives. This live event will be presented around the world by a global community of artists representing all cultures and creative disciplines and wellknown personalities. Celebrated around the planet, the artists are singers, actors, filmmakers, photographers, dancers, acrobats, poets, etc. What they all have in common is a concern regarding access to water and a desire to illustrate this in their own distinctive way.

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Live Webcast: Don't miss our live broadcast event on on October 9, 2009 at 8:00 p,m. EDT (GMT-4).