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THINK ACT CHANGE: The World Water Crisis, How Can We Solve It?

The water crisis is a human rights problem. In conjunction with UN World Water Day 2014, we will be screening the award winning documentary BLUE GOLD and discussing the world water crisis with a panel of guest speakers.


The complexity of water crisis is one nobody talks enough about. On 28 July 2010, through Resolution 64/292, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights. 

Yet there are 780 million people in the world that lack access to clean water, we are driving an unsustainable waste of our fresh water supply with the population growth with polluting, diverting, pumping being controlled by the corporate giants, wall street investors, corrupt governments and military control using water for economic and political gain. 



Edmund is the Executive Vice President/Member of Burton Trent, a consultancy overseeing public relations for crisis management. Edmund is a commissioned officer in the United States Army and has a wealth of experience in the national private, public and not-for-profit sector. He started his career in New Jersey State government overseeing capital budgets and related projects in environment, military, veteran affairs, transportation and municipal government.

Edmund has also worked for the country’s largest multinational water-related service and environmental companies and the development of the nation’s largest public-private partnerships for water and wastewater services. As well as serving on numerous not-for-profit boards, including: The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, The Great Swamp Watershed Association and the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Coalition (chair).


Julien was born in Paris 34 years ago with family ties in the French Alps Julien crossed the Atlantic in 2001 to study his MBA in NYC and settle down for his career.

Over the last 10 years Julien has been involved with various non profits. He namely served on the Board of the French American Chamber of Commerce and now its Young Executive Committee to foster cross-continent business relationships while working as a

And recently after a personal trip in Nepal to follow his love for adventure and mountains Julien discovered in front of his eyes the dire sides of the water crisis with lack of potable water and decided to embark on a mission to save 1,000 lives with his team to bring safe drinking water.


Kaitlyn is currently the Supporter Experience Manager at Charity:Water. Kaitlyn studied Communications, tutored NCAA athletes before they went pro, and took a few classes in Switzerland. She fell in love with the organization years ago and now deals with all things mycharity: water, helping fundraisers become rockstars! 




5:00 PM PANEL Q&A 


6:30 PM AFTER PARTY @ Juke Bar 196 2nd Ave(bet. 13th St & 12th St) , New York, NY 

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  • Yangbo D.

    Unfortunately missed the event due to backlog from UN CSW-58 (co-founder of NGO Young Men 4 Gender Equality, which concluded just yesterday -- interested in a 'gender lens' approach to water/sanitation.

    March 22, 2014

  • Tanya M.

    Hello Everyone, I am unable to make it to the viewing of the documentary this afternoon. Please give my seat to somebody else! I will try to make it to the after party though! Where can I get a copy of the documentary? Thanks so much.

    March 22, 2014

  • caroline

    1 Day until this event. Event is free, seats are limited. Please arrive on time, first come first served! We will be starting the film at 4pm.

    March 21, 2014

  • caroline

    3 Days until World Water Day! Julien's 1,000 lives team will be throwing an after party two blocks away. Please join us!

    March 19, 2014

  • caroline

    We've got two more speakers announced! Kaitlyn from Charity Water with knowledge about the water crisis and solution in developing countries such as Africa and Edmund who has had a career in water and waste water service consulting.

    1 · March 14, 2014

  • Julien

    Our fundraising team 1000lives who is aiming to raise enough to save 1000 lives with safe drinking water in partnership with charity: water will attend

    March 2, 2014

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