The Race to Provide Safe Drinking Water to the World
On Sale: November 28, 2007
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From the creators of the highly acclaimed New York Times
best-selling Day in the Life and America 24/7 series, Rick
Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt, Blue Planet Run provides readers
with a fascinating and thought-provoking look at the water
problems facing humanity on every continent, as well as some
of the hopeful solutions and courageous “water heroes”
focused on alleviating this crisis.
The large-format volume features more than 250 photographs
by the world’s top photojournalists, illustrations by
leading infographic artist Nigel Holmes, and provocative
essays by Diane Ackerman (A Natural History of the Senses),
environmental leaders Paul Hawken and Bill McKibben,
journalists Michael Specter and Jeffrey Rothfeder, Emmy
Award-winning TV broadcaster Mike Cerre, Michael Malone, of
ABC News and inventor Dean Kamen (the Segway scooter).
Advisors and staff include Phillip Moffitt, former editor
and owner of Esquire magazine and Stephen Petranek, former
editor-in-chief of Discover magazine.
Blue Planet Run highlights the vital contributions of
nonprofits around the world, including the groundbreaking
work of the Blue Planet Run Foundation, which seeks to
provide safe drinking water to 200 million people by 2027.
The book includes coverage of the 2007 Blue Planet Run, an
unprecedented, non-stop, around-the-world relay race
designed as a wake-up call to the world. Twenty-one runners,
representing 13 countries, began the race on June 1, 2007,
at the United Nations and concluded in New York City on
September 4, 2007, having circled the Earth in just 95 days
while running over 15,000 miles across 16 countries in
Europe, Asia and North America.
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