Lynn Johnson, one of the featured photographers in our current exhibition, WATER: Our Thirsty World, was joined at the Space on Thursday by documentary filmmaker, Jim Thebaut.
The two environmental activists delivered a moving recount of the water crisis that included a blend of powerful imagery and stories of local heroes who act for change in their communities.
For what she describes as one of the most meaningful photographic works of her life, Lynn traveled on assignment for National Geographic to Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia to learn and document the stories of women and children and their struggle to gather water.
To find these stories, National Geographic partnered with WaterAid, an NGO nestled in the community - that has helped to implement responsible and sustainable solutions to overcome the crisis in these areas.
With the help of WaterAid, water committees made up of local constituents including women, have been established providing women the resources and education to organize and manage water and sanitation facilities.
Lynn's images depict the burden of water and the burden of violence as a connected conflict facing all women in these communities-
the sickness and disease experienced due to contaminated water and lack of hygiene education,
...inadequate human waste disposals due to water inaccessibility,
...and sexual violence and physical abuse due to long distance travels to find safe water.
While Lynn and Jim's lecture focused on the challenges of the water crisis,
it delivers a message of how individuals can create change with global impact right from their very own back yards.
To learn more about how you can create change visit WaterAid.com.