Blue Planet Run

Blue Planet Run Cover

Blue Planet Run

The Race to Provide Safe Drinking Water to the World

By Paul Hawken (Essay by); Diane Ackerman (Essay by); Robert Redford (Foreword by)

Earth Aware Editions, Hardcover, 9781601090171, 239pp.

Publication Date: November 28, 2007

Description
"Blue Planet Run" provides readers with an extraordinary look at the water problems facing humanity and some of the hopeful solutions being pursued by large and small companies, but entrepreneurs and activists, and by nongovernmental organizations and foundations. By the end of the book, readers are left to form their own conclusions as to whether or how the human race is capable of taking the steps necessary to solve this global crisis before it's too late.
"Blue Planet Run" is two books in one: First, it is about an extraordinary 15,000-mile relay race - the longest relay race in human history - in which 20 athletes spent 95 days running around the globe to spread awareness of the world's water crisis. Secondly, it is a showcase of powerful, inspiring, disturbing and hopeful images captured by leading photojournalists around the world who documented the human face of the crisis and its possible solutions. The result of these two parallel projects is the book you hold in your hands.
One hundred percent of the royalties from this book will be used to provide clean water to people around the world who desperately need it.


About the Author
Paul Hawken's bestselling books include Blessed Unrest, Natural Capitalism, and The Next Economy. He has also written dozens of articles, op-eds, and papers concerning the responsibility of business to the natural environment. His writings have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Inc magazine, the Boston Globe, the Utne Reader, and more than a hundred other publications.

DIANE ACKERMAN has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction in addition to receiving many other awards and recognitions for her work, which includes the bestselling The Zookeeper s Wife and A Natural History of the Senses.

Jean-Michel Cousteau is president of Ocean Futures Society, which is dedicated to communicating with the public on critical marine issues and helping to activate action partnerships amongst decision makers.
In addition to his work as an actor, director, and producer, Robert Redford has been a noted environmentalist since the early 1970s. His advocacy has covered a wide spectrum of environmental and conservation issues including involvement in the passage of many landmark pieces of environmental legislation, and the preservation of those protections in ensuing years. He has been a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council for twenty-six years.
Vicki Goldberg is one of the country's leading photography critics. She is the author of "The Power of Photography: How Photography Changed Our Lives" and "Margaret Bourke-White: A Biography." She writes frequently for the "New York Times" and "Vanity Fair."
Sue Hostetler has traveled the world as a social documentary photographer capturing civil unrest and the delivery of medical aid to wartorn areas such as Rwanda, Chechnya, Azerbaijan, Guatemala, and Cuba. She now works as a photo editor. As well as conceiving and compiling "Oceans," Sue orchestrated the benefit auctions in New York and San Francisco, which will support the NRDC, and that accompany the release of the book. She lives in New York City.


Praise For Blue Planet Run

From The Flint Journal First Edition
OK, I really hate to admit this, but there's no denying it: Blue Planet Run - The Race to Provide Safe Drinking Water to the World sounds like a noble but dirt-dry text on scholarly environmental issues. It's not just me. In fact, a co-worker walking past my desk took one quick glance at the book's plain white cover, muttered "boring" and kept on walking. But please, don't judge this book by its cover. Trust me on this. Just open the oversized volume to any page at all. You won't want to put it down. Blue Planet Run is a visually stunning tour de force by some of the world's top photojournalists, backed up by thought-provoking essays and profound commentaries on the many ways humanity is confronting the growing lack of a clean and plentiful water supply. The book's collection of more than 250 photographs are at once beautiful and haunting, enlightening and disturbing, inspiring and even, at times, amusing. From the cornfields of Nebraska to an oil-fouled Nigerian port, this group of talented artists and visionaries takes us on an amazing journey around the world. And despite its global scale, it is first and foremost a book about people, in a very intimate and individual sense. You'll meet Kenyan runner Emanuel Kibet; Las Vegas homeowner Joseph Cooper, who's replacing his backyard lawn with artificial turf; Imelda Carreon Valdozino and her mission to test for toxins in Mexico City's water supply. From the anonymous to the famous, young and old, rich and poor, their faces are all our faces, and their challenges belong to us all. Need another incentive? Buying this book isn't just a passive venture into eco-awareness. One hundred percent of the royalties from Blue Planet Run will be used to provide clean water to people around the world who desperately need it. Learning about a problem is the first step toward being part of the solution.