WATCH: BLUE GOLD on World Water Crisis Day 2014

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.


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 w

ater 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 Senior Sales Manager for the world's largest dairy company.

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! 




5:15 PM PANEL Q&A 


6:30PM AFTER PARTY @ JUKES (Two blocks from CRS)

Hosted by Think Act Change NYC Meetup

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  • caroline

    Videos will be share soon!

    March 24, 2014

  • caroline

    Thank you to everyone who attended this event. We had an amazing turn out from the Documentary Waters Meetup which was awesome. I sent out an e-mail to our Think Act Change Meetup discussion board with follow up next steps on how you can be part of the solution

    March 24, 2014

  • Mizan

    Great event. Many thanks to Caroline for organizing this. Thanks to all who have participated, asked questions, and to the panel who have shared their views. This doc focused on an important but kind of neglected issue - use of our water resources. Privatization, profit, pollution, polarization of water making it a disaster in happening/waiting in many parts of the world...Good thing is as long as it is not hitting us hard, we are safe and will remain deaf!! Hope soon water will be considered a basic universal right for all - human, animal, and plant. Using water more wisely, more humanly and more universally is not a bad idea, after all.

    Although the doc was stopped in the middle and panel QA was good to answer questions, I expected bit more feedback and engagement from the viewers about the screened documentary. However, there was time constraint, I understand. Did the doc mentioned that Malaysia has death penalty for Water Pollution or someting like that!

    2 · March 24, 2014

    • caroline

      I also agree that I was expecting more questions from the audience. The full documentary is on youTube if you want to finish watching the rest...­

      March 24, 2014

  • John C.

    Great event! Thanks for organizing! Nice chatting with everyone at the bar after.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • thomas k

    Thanks to the hosts for organizing the event. Also thanks to the panelists for a lively Q&A session.

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • caroline

    Juke Bar 196 2nd Avenue!

    March 22, 2014

  • caroline

    Hello, friendly reminder that we will be starting the film at 4pm on the dot. Please arrive a few minutes earlier to secure your seat so that you won't find yourself walking in front of the screen and getting everyone's view!

    1 · 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. We currently have 60 people signed up!

    March 21, 2014

  • caroline

    3 Days until World Water Day! Julien Lapraz who is raising money for his charity water campaign 1,000 lives will be hosting the after party two blocks away. Please join us after the event!

    March 19, 2014

  • Tamanna

    Actual fact--this water crisis issue is "the key issue" in our 3rd world/developing countries. I would love to watch the movie to learn how much they emphasis on the issues, or the subject is prominent in the documentary?

    March 17, 2014

    • caroline

      Hi Tamana, This documentary is 65% US /35% developing country perspective. Surprisingly the theme to why the issue exist is common in both worlds. We will have guest from Charity Water to discuss the issue in the 3rd world. The event is free, we hope you can join us!

      March 19, 2014

  • Alice Jane K.

    can't make it (I have a sat class that I have to take for the next few weeks). This is an issue I think about all the time.

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • Mizan

    How much water does an average person use at home per day in USA? Estimates vary, but each person uses about[masked] gallons of water per day. We use 2 gallons of water per minute for shower [old shower head? that would be 5 gallons please].... A 5-10 mins shower will use 10-20 gallons of water. Many African communities today walk miles after miles to get that amount of water to drink for a whole week! The average distance that women in developing countries walk to collect water per day is 4 miles and the average weight that women carry on their heads is approximately 44 pounds (5 US gallons).

    Wonder, who has the highest water consumption in the World! hum!

    2 · March 12, 2014

    • thomas k

      Good point -- people should consider how their regular diet indirectly affects the water use. The classic example is the water usage per acre for growing crops vs. cattle grazing.

      March 12, 2014

    • caroline

      Agree, the water usage of agriculture is completely overlooked.

      March 15, 2014

  • caroline

    Just a friendly reminder that this event is FREE and seats are first come first served. We will also have three speakers at the end of the event to answer your questions about the water crisis in the USA and in developing countries. See you all next week!

    March 12, 2014

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