Pay it forward and help tell the underreported story of the Guarani Aquifer.
We are producing a documentary about the challenges facing the Guarani Aquifer in South America. The Guarani Aquifer is one of the largest aquifers in the world and contains enough water to sustain the world's population for over 200 years. As water shortages affect us all in the future, the Guarani Aquifer could be a lifeline for millions. But increased commercial interest in the aquifer's water, and bickering between the countries that share it, is threatening to throw this region into conflict.
This hugely important story has barely received a glance in the mainstream media, although there has been speculation that the James Bond movie, The Quantum of Solace, despite being set in Bolivia, is in fact about the uncertain future of the Guarani Aquifer.
We need your help to get us down to Latin America for our first research trip. We are planning to spend at least 2 months in Latin America, talking to experts, lawyers, NGOs and the indigenous population who live on the aquifer, to find out from them what the real story is.
Off the back of this first trip we will be self-publishing a photo book, as well as pushing articles and photographs into the mainstream media.
$14,500 is the minimum amount that we can do this trip on: we are trying to balance a tight budget with doing this story justice.
The money will be used to pay for flights to South America, a fixer/translator (and we feel very strongly that they are paid an appropriate wage for their invaluable contribution), transport, food, accommodation and insurance. We will also be spending a couple of weeks living in small and remote communities to find out what day to day life on the aquifer is like, and we would like to have enough money to offer them an appropriate gift in exchange for the hospitality that we are sure we will receive.
Every penny that we raise over our target amount will allow us to lengthen the trip and strengthen our research.
By supporting us, whether its is in spirit or a financial donation, you are showing that people do care about this important and underreported story. And we need your numbers if we are to reach the wide audience that this story deserves. Our voice becomes loader the more people who join us.
And, add your contribution to our iWater photo series.
Be in touch if you have any questions, comments or ideas, and spread the word about The Guarani Project.
The Guarani Team
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Feb 22, 2010 - Apr 24, 2010
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A grateful filmmaker and journalist
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PDF of the photo book from the trip, a postcard from the Guarani Aquifer, a thank you on the site and a grateful filmmaker and journalist
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8x10 print (of your choice) from the trip mounted on matt board, a postcard from the Guarani Aquifer, a thank you on the site, a mention in the credits and a grateful filmmaker and journalist
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Framed 8x10 print (of your choice) from the trip, a postcard from the Guarani Aquifer, a thank you on the site, a mention in the credits and a grateful filmmaker and journalist
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Hardback photo book from the trip, a postcard from the Guarani Aquifer, a thank you on the site, a mention in the credits and a grateful filmmaker and journalist
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Named as Associate producer, hardback photo book from the trip, a postcard from the Guarani Aquifer, a thank you on the site and a very grateful filmmaker and journalist