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Photography Exhibit and Reception: Water Stories: A Focus on Mexico

More than 1 billion people lack access to potable water and more than 2.6 billion do not have adequate sanitation. "Water Stories: A Focus on Mexico" offers a vivid glimpse of the lives that lie behind these statistics.

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Oct. 11, 2007
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Photography Exhibit and Reception: Water Stories: A Focus on Mexico

More than 1 billion people lack access to potable water and more than 2.6 billion do not have adequate sanitation. The Woodrow Wilson Center's new photography exhibit, "Water Stories: A Focus on Mexico," co-sponsored by the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) and the Mexico Institute in collaboration with Circle of Blue, offers a vivid glimpse of the lives that lie behind these statistics.

The exhibit features the work of Circle of Blue Director J. Carl Ganter, who chronicles water and sanitation challenges facing families in the Iztapalapa region of Mexico City, as well as that of World Press-winning photographer Brent Stirton, who documents how water shapes everyday life in the Tehuacán Valley southeast of Mexico City, as residents struggle to obtain enough clean water to meet their basic needs. In Mexico, as with many other places around the world, the quest for water consumes time, energy, and valuable resources. Understanding this human struggle is one step toward ameliorating the global water crisis.

Ganter and Stirton offered their remarks on the continuing importance of water and sanitation issues at the exhibit's October 11, 2007, opening reception. They were joined by ECSP Director Geoff Dabelko and Mexico Institute Director Andrew Selee, who commended Ganter and Stirton's efforts to increase the visibility of the global freshwater crisis—and spur action to address it.

The photography opening also served as the official launch for ECSP's newest publication, Water Stories: Expanding Opportunities in Small-Scale Water and Sanitation Projects, which features an essay and photographs by Ganter. Water Stories examines alternatives to large-scale infrastructure projects in the water and sanitation sectors.

For additional photographs and videos documenting the global freshwater crisis, visit the Water Stories multimedia site.

Drafted by Rachel Weisshaar.


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Environmental Change and Security Program

The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.  Read more

Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more

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