Water Culture - A work of art and inspiration, celebrating water and its importance to each of us, everywhere

A work of art and inspiration, celebrating water and its importance to each of us, everywhere with an introduction by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Ocean Futures Society.

Ocean Futures Society and SKeGROUP are proud to introduce the September 2003 publication of Water Culture – an inspiring photography book that weaves powerful imagery by renowned photographers with stirring Q&A interviews from leading figures in the environmental movement who share their thoughts on issues facing the world's water. The images combine beauty and tragedy, and are highlighted with facts about various water situations.

• In the United States, approximately 500,000 tons of pollutants pour into lakes and rivers each day.
• Jakarta's water supply and disposal systems were designed for 500,000 people but today the city has a population exceeding 15 million.
• In England, the Thames River, polluted for centuries, has been restored and is again habitable by fish.
• Of the 30,000 rivers in Japan, only 2 are not dammed or modified.
• In Latin America, only about 14% of the urban wastewater was treated in 2000.

Water is often taken for granted, but it touches every aspect of our lives. The main objective of Water Culture is to bring awareness to one of the most precious elements on Earth.

Water Culture is dedicated to the International Year of Freshwater 2003. Jean-Michel Cousteau introduced the book at the World Water Forum in Kyoto, Japan, in March 2003, and will present it at other environmental events throughout the year.

Participating photographers include:
William Abranowicz
Fabien Baron
Andrew Bettles
Mark Borthwick
Cedric Buchet
Codling & Crawford
Roger Deckker
Sante D’Orazio
David Doubilet
Masaru Emoto
Stewart Ferebee
Ernst Fischer
Bobby Fisher Andrea Gentl
Nan Goldin
Anthony Gordon
Bill Henson
Emily Howard
Kelly Klein
Jim Knowlton
Peter Lindbergh
Craig McDean
Richard Misrach
Richard Murphy
Tom Ordway
Tim Richardson
Marcy Robinson
Joseph Rodgriguez
Jarret Schecter
Norbert Schoerner
David Sims
Richard Sears
Carter Smith
Francesca Sorrenti
Mario Sorrenti
Vanina Sorrenti
David Spero
Jock Sturges
Solve Sundsbo
Mario Testino
Javier Vallhonrat
Jaap Vliegenthart
Nick Waplington
Christian Weber
Guy Wenborne
Christian Witkin
Txema Yestel
Frank Yuyttenhove
Anne Zahalka
...and others...

Participating interviewees include:
Mahmoud A. Abu-Zeid, President, World Water Council
Carol Bellamy, Executive Director, UNICEF
Jimmy Carter, Chair, The Carter Center
Margaret Catley-Carlson, Chair, Global Water Partnership
Jean-Michel Cousteau, President, Ocean Futures Society
Masaru Emoto, Chairman, IHM Co, Ltd.
Peter Gleick, President, The Pacific Institute
Mikhail Gorbachev, President, Green Cross International
Steve Hilton, President, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Ryan Hreljac, Founder, Ryan’s Well Foundation
Robert Kennedy, Jr., President, Waterkeeper Alliance
Rick Linnehan, NASA astronaut
Richard Sears, President, Mingan Island Cetacean Studies
Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP

We thank the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada for their generous support.

Ocean Futures Society is currently seeking supplementary sponsorship for this project. If you are interested in supporting this activity, please send an email to: contact@oceanfutures.org.

Click here to view the Water Culture Summary Brochure (PDF format)