The speakers ranged from non-governmental organizations and world leaders to private sector representatives and all agreed that we have the knowledge and solutions to the crisis. Funding surprisingly wasn't the main topic as funds do keep coming in, although not at the same rate as in the past due to current economic conditions.The main obstacle is that the public is simply not even aware that there are water issues. David Nahai, the former CEO of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, among other water related distinctions stated, "The reaction I received to that article (in LA Times and Huffington Post), just in the last couple of days, has been truly astounding. And it reflects, I believe the rather mentably low level of awareness that the American public has about the tragedies that you saw this morning on the video that was shown to us." He is referring to the late Paul Simon's Water for the World Act of 2011 video.
David Winder, the CEO of WaterAid America, stated, "Aid expenditure on water and sanitation has declined in recent years. Spending on water and sanitation was over 8% of total aid in the mid 90's, but has fallen to below 5.5% of total aid today." With the following proposal: "More public education is needed on the huge cost that lack of access to safe water is having on health, education and economic development in many nations."
But problems are not confined to developing countries. North American, European and other first world countries have water troubles as well and Jane Seymour talked about public education and awareness. Her full speech and all the speakers' speeches are available on this website: http://www.runningdry.org/
Remake 4 Water is a mission to get "Hollywood" people to remake the movie, "Did I Say Thousand Island?". It's a positive love story set in the restaurant industry that has been seen all over the world and is still being downloaded thousands of times a day. Every component of this idea has been done in the past and by combining all aspects, this benefit movie would be a vehicle to aid in the main problem of the GWC: AWARENESS. Also, It would aid with bringing in needed funds. The public in every country pays attention to what Hollywood does. It makes sense. Restaurants can't operate without water. Everyone goes out to eat and can relate. For more information please visit http://www.remake4water.org. Thank you.