Join us on the journey of water from its source in the forests of the Catskill Mountains to the wetlands of Staten Island and out to the coastal waters of Long Island. We learn along the way that water does not come from the tap; to have clean water to drink, to grow our food, to fuel the economy, and to find moments of peace beside, we must take care of nature.
Through inspiring, visual stories, we learn how New York City has protected and restored nature to keep the water clean at its source. We hear how wetlands can protect us from the damaging impacts of floods and provide homes for plants and animals that otherwise would be lost. And we meet the people who work tirelessly to turn the tide on water pollution and those who reap the harvests of those efforts.
We reap a plenitude of benefits from nature from the high mountain glaciers to the salt marshes and seagrass beds of the coasts, to all that lives in the deep, blue ocean. It is not only here in New York City that protecting nature from source to sea is important. All over the world there is the need to restore the natural water cycle as it moves across the landscape to the ocean and then back to fall as rain or snow again. The tales from running 200 marathons will teach us how honoring this journey of water and reconnecting with nature as an ally, can lead us to a future of prosperity and well-being.
Speakers will include:
Mina Guli, Run Blue, Thirst Foundation
Jeff Opperman, Lead Freshwater Scientist, WWF,
Ruth Mathews, Senior Manager, Coordinator Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management SIWI