Our blue planet is not that blue anymore. In addition to deforestation and air pollution, our water systems have been significantly impacted by our everyday actions. We only have a few more years left to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and there is still so much to be done, including SDG 6 “Clean Water and Sanitation”. Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socio-economic development, healthy ecosystems, and human survival itself.
Climate change is our generation’s reality. Rising temperatures will continue to contribute to water scarcity across the world. So responsible water usage is essential for ensuring there’s enough water for our and future generations.
Project H2O is our collective attempt to accelerate awareness and call for meaningful and impactful action through the use of art.
PROJECT H2O PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS
Put your creativity into action to help generate more awareness around clean water scarcity, importance of wastewater management and the overall state of our water resources and ways to clean them up.
Create a 4×6 inch (~10 x 15 cm) postcard-sized original miniature artwork with a water theme or component aligning with the purpose of Project H2O. Water can be interpreted in many ways, from color to the use of various shapes, textures, and materials, socio-cultural implications, and more. While creating your work, think of your own water footprint. What is it? What would your life be without water? How can your artwork help us create awareness on the state of our water sources? How could it inspire and encourage responsible water usage?
Feel free to submit up to 6 miniature artworks.
Materials must be earth-friendly. Consider using non-toxic paints, recycled and other natural materials.
Participation is open to all artists above the age of 18 from across the world.
By participating in this project and mailing your artwork to Arts for Global Development you agree with the project purpose and terms, and grant permission that your artwork may/may not be virtually and in-person exhibited, sold or auctioned to support the project cause and generate funds for water preservation efforts locally and internationally, and/or your artwork imagery may be used as part of communicating/promoting the purpose of the project. Your submitted artwork is not returnable.
Arts for Global Development is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Since 2002, our mission has been to collaborate with the creative community and artists like you to create and maintain an arts-infused positive impact. We look forward to your participation and can’t wait for all the creative submissions!
Please fill out the [FORM] and mail your artwork to:
Address: Arts for Global Development, Inc., c/o Project H2O, PO BOX 5892, Bethesda, Maryland, 20824 USA (Please note that mailing/shipment costs must be covered by the participant/sender)
Deadline: All submissions must be received by World Environment Day | June 5th, 2024.
Share this project with others who may be interested in participating with an art piece or would like to support by letting their own social circles know. More participation means more creativity and more impact!
WHY PROJECT H20?
Water is life and beautiful.
As humans we are made up of about 60% water. Water impacts our health, hygiene and ability to thrive as human beings; it’s necessary for the survival of all living organisms on Earth. From the colorful coral reefs to the subterranean lakes, all forms and types of aquatic environments not only generate livelihoods but also provide ‘blue’ healing powers and better mental wellness for people. Studies have shown that being by bodies of water represses negative thoughts and boosts positive ones.
Have you ever felt calmer or reenergized after diving into the deep sea, looking at the oceanic horizon or listening to a nearby waterfall?
Water is powerful.
Hydropower is one of the oldest and largest renewable energy sources, which uses the natural flow of moving water to generate electricity. From the old water wheels and mills to dams and the latest marine technologies that use waves, tidal currents, and ocean thermal differences, water has been a powerful resource in harnessing energy.
Water can also be an enormous destructive force if not managed properly. Increasing temperatures driven by climate change contribute to flooding and other water related disasters. Storm surges, sudden snowmelt, and atmospheric rivers are increasingly exacerbating flooding, and a growing number of coastal and inland communities around the world are finding themselves underwater.
Water is economy and political.
Water is an irreplaceable and strategic natural resource, and the scarcity of potable water is a frequent contributor to political conflicts across the globe. Throughout history, people have favored settling near water resources for various reasons, including but not limited to personal consumption, the base for developing industries, trade, transportation, and more.
Everything we buy, use, and eat takes water to make. However, increasing populations and demand for water, urbanization, industrialization as well as decreasing water availability due to pollution and climate change have further intensified ongoing challenges around water security and rights. Today numerous internal and external conflicts have contributed to significant losses, from financial to human lives.
Water is poisonous.
Most of today’s water systems have been contaminated with toxic substances. Among these substances are asbestos, arsenic, lead, radioactive particulars, and pesticides, to name just a few. These polluted water bodies support agricultural irrigation and hence impact our food systems. Studies have shown that contaminated crops lead to a variety of health issues, including poisoning, long-term cognitive and physical complications, and terminal diseases such as cancer.
Water pollution damages aquatic ecosystems, leading to the loss of biodiversity as well as any livelihood that’s dependent on these ecosystems. Clean water is scarce… over 2 billion people around the world lack safely managed drinking water.
WHAT WE ALL CAN DO!
- Submit your postcard-sized artwork to help bring more visibility to water issues and inspire the world to take action! [PARTICIPATION FORM]
- Connect with us at IG #Art4Development and tag #ProjectH2O on your social media platforms to help us accelerate participation
- Speak up and help influence policymakers to reduce the discharge of harmful substances into water bodies
- Support water change makers and help clean up
- Change our own behaviors and be accountable in the way we manage, consume, conserve and reuse water daily. Here are some simple things you can do to help reduce water usage, preserve and keep it clean:
- Look for leaks in your bathroom and kitchen
- Update your showerhead
- Shorten your shower time
- Turn off the tap while you brush
- Don’t throw things away in the toilet
- Remember that recycling saves water too. Instead of plastic bags use paper or reusable bags
- Prefer glass containers
- Only wash full loads of laundry and dishes
- Save the water you use for washing veggies and fruits for watering your plants
- Get rain barrels to harvest water
- Update your appliances with water-saving features
- Learn about wastewater treatment enhancements, conservation and recycling efforts in your community
- Design your garden with plants that require minimal water
- Check product ingredients and labels and consider purchasing those that are earth-water friendly