7 Deserts Run | Episode 1 | The Tabernas Desert

The 7 Deserts Run follows Mina Guli, as she runs 40 marathons across 7 deserts on 7 continents in just 49 days to raise awareness of the global water crisis.

7 deserts run
7 deserts run

This is the first video in the 7 Deserts Run series, and follows Mina as she ran through the Tabernas Desert in Spain.

Rethinking The Global Water Crisis

Alex Whitebrook is a UWA undergraduate with a passion to make a difference in the field of water security. He has volunteered on projects with the UN Human Settlements Programme and has spent time travelling through rural Russia, Mongolia, China and North Korea where the issue of water insecurity is severe. Alex is passionate about increasing public awareness of global water insecurity in Australia and his experiences have motivated him to take action and raise awareness in his community.

Besides studying International Relations and Asian Studies, Alex has gained experience working with a variety of NGOs including Thirst, an education-focused NGO that teaches students the seriousness of the world water crisis; Future Directions International, a think tank that operates a Global Food and Water Crises Research Programme to which he is currently a contributor; and, the Perth USAsia Centre, another think tank focused more broadly on security issues in the Indo-Pacific Region.

 Rethinking The Global Water Crisis
Rethinking The Global Water Crisis

For the past year Alex has studied Mandarin in Shanghai, where he also managed his self-initiated English teaching service for Chinese Students. Since returning to Perth, he has continued to strive toward his goal of influencing the field of water security.

 

An Option for Back-Up Water Pumping

Last month Jerelyn and I enjoyed a four-day vacation in Maine—a combined trip to visit family, explore Acadia National Park, and go to the Common Ground Fair—my first visit there in two or three decades!

The highlight of the Common Ground fair for me was coming across a little company,Bison Pumps, based up near Fort Kent, Maine (in WAY northern Maine) that makes really slick hand pumps. These pumps are sort-of like the ones our grandparents used, but they’re built with much greater precision and work much better.