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POWER OF ONE: Kristin Johnson, Charity Water 
Age: 31
Project Name: Charity: Water www.mycharitywater.org/turning31
Why do you (personally) do what you do? What motivated you to take action?
I am raising money for Charity: Water because I can help improve the desperate need for public access to clean water. Five years ago, I was in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the city of Goma, and witnessed the water crisis as citizens – mostly women and children – gathered their source water from Lake Kivu. The lake sits on an active volcano and as a result has high levels of natural methane, which in some places is so strong it causes asphyxiation. The lake also holds the bodies of countless victims of the 1994 genocide in neighboring Rwanda. Despite this, it’s what people were using for drinking, for preparing food, for bathing and I can’t accept that when there’s an opportunity to make a difference.
Why water? Watch and be inspired: http://www.charitywater.org/whywater/
What does it mean to you that we’re soon going to be a world of 7 billion people?  How does this milestone fit into your work and your Life?
I haven’t fully processed 7 billion, yet! As for fitting into work and life, I think that a larger population actually makes the world smaller and interconnected. More and more, people seem to consider the “big picture” and I think that approach will become less of a choice and more of an imperative as we surpass 7 billion.
This is a campaign about Individual Action!  What’s the Action you’ve taken that you’re most proud of?
Choosing awesome friends? Honestly – the support I’ve received from people is overwhelming. All I did was make a pledge to this cause, and people flooded in with cash donations and offers to help. I think once people understand the acute water crisis that is threatening the health and ultimately progress in our world, they are motivated to help. So yes. Awesome friends.

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POWER OF ONE: Kristin Johnson, Charity Water 

Age: 31

Project Name: Charity: Water www.mycharitywater.org/turning31

Why do you (personally) do what you do? What motivated you to take action?

I am raising money for Charity: Water because I can help improve the desperate need for public access to clean water. Five years ago, I was in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the city of Goma, and witnessed the water crisis as citizens – mostly women and children – gathered their source water from Lake Kivu. The lake sits on an active volcano and as a result has high levels of natural methane, which in some places is so strong it causes asphyxiation. The lake also holds the bodies of countless victims of the 1994 genocide in neighboring Rwanda. Despite this, it’s what people were using for drinking, for preparing food, for bathing and I can’t accept that when there’s an opportunity to make a difference.

Why water? Watch and be inspired: http://www.charitywater.org/whywater/

What does it mean to you that we’re soon going to be a world of 7 billion people?  How does this milestone fit into your work and your Life?

I haven’t fully processed 7 billion, yet! As for fitting into work and life, I think that a larger population actually makes the world smaller and interconnected. More and more, people seem to consider the “big picture” and I think that approach will become less of a choice and more of an imperative as we surpass 7 billion.

This is a campaign about Individual Action!  What’s the Action you’ve taken that you’re most proud of?

Choosing awesome friends? Honestly – the support I’ve received from people is overwhelming. All I did was make a pledge to this cause, and people flooded in with cash donations and offers to help. I think once people understand the acute water crisis that is threatening the health and ultimately progress in our world, they are motivated to help. So yes. Awesome friends.

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Global Voices is helping us build the conversation around the population hitting 7 Billion on October 31st. Their articles are highlighting actions being taken around the world. Every little bit counts. How will you do your part?

7 billion is a challenge, an opportunity and a call to action.

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Image description: This photograph of the U.S. Capitol is among the earliest known. It was taken in 1846 by John Plumbe and shows the building’s first dome, which was made of brick, wood, and copper.

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Global Voices is helping us build the conversation around the population hitting 7 Billion on October 31st. Their articles are highlighting actions being taken around the world. Every little bit counts. How will you do your part?
7 billion is a challenge, an opportunity and a call to action.
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Global Voices is helping us build the conversation around the population hitting 7 Billion on October 31st. Their articles are highlighting actions being taken around the world. Every little bit counts. How will you do your part?

7 billion is a challenge, an opportunity and a call to action.

Pakistan: Speaking Out the Unspoken - Gawaahi