“The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.” – United Nations Development Program (2006)

The Wenatchee Valley Environmental Film Series highlights the growing water shortage crisis with its kick off film Running the Sahara. The film begins 7:00 p.m. October 21 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center and is about three runners crossing the Sahara Desert on foot to raise awareness for clean-water initiatives in Africa and the work of Water.org.

Running the Sahara tells the story of three athletes from three different countries running from Senegal to the Red Sea. Traveling about fifty miles a day for 111 days, the expedition is a testament to human will and what an amazing treasure water is.

Today, one in eight people do not have access to clean, sustainable water. Water.org’s mission is to educate communities on proper water supply management that ensures sustainable quality and quantity.

The remaining film lineup includes:

Ground Operations Nov. 18. Sponsored by Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network.

Wild Reverence Jan. 20. Sponsored by Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group

Return of the River Feb. 17. Trout Unlimited Washington Water Project

Birders: The Central Park Effect March 17. Sponsored by NCW Audubon Society

Mother Nature’s Child April 21. Sponsored by Chelan Douglas Land Trust & Trust For Public Land

All films start at 7 p.m. at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. The series is presented by Trust for Public Land, Chelan Douglas Land Trust and the Wenatchee Valley Museum. Screenings are free but a $5 donation is suggested.

For more information call 888-6240 or visit www.wvmcc.org.

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