Mexico is experiencing a water crisis that is becoming more severe every year, with millions of people lacking decent and secure access to water.
For the past 11 years, Isla Urbana has been dedicated to designing and installing systems across Mexico to capture and filter rainwater, particularly in marginalized communities suffering from water precariousness. A rainwater harvesting system provides families with access to high quality water for 6 to 9 months per year.
This November, we are coming together for a week-long virtual event series with thought leaders and experts from around the world to explore and discuss sustainable solutions to water inequity, an issue that remains pervasive across the globe. In a time where water is essential to wash hands and protect against COVID-19, all donations and funds raised during Water Week will go towards installing rainwater harvesting systems in urban and rural Mexico.
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Day 1 (Nov 28), Caminata de Conciencia • Run to Replenish: Join us for Water Week’s kick-off event, a virtual 5k race! After an opening ceremony from 10-10:30am CT (11-11:30am EST), from 11am-12pm CT (12-1pm EST) we’ll walk and run the 5k separately together, each person completing their own route using Strava to track the fastest participants. Run with your families and invite your friends and neighbors– let’s be active together to raise funds and awareness for access to clean and sustainable water! Additionally, today we will launch our online silent auction that will close on Day 7! VIEW INVITATION
Day 2 (Nov 29), Pelicula de Protesta • Protest Picture: settle in for a cozy Sunday with a documentary film screening of H20MX, an award-winning documentary that meticulously examines the water shortage and the economic, political and geographical difficulties that stand between Mexico City’s 22 million residents and a safe, reliable water supply (in Spanish with English subtitles. The screening will feature a special Water Week introduction by the director, Jose Cohen (in English).VIEW TRAILER / VIEW INVITATION
Day 3 (Nov 30), Agua Global • Global Water: Join us for this free panel discussion on global water technology, education, and science with a focus on water resilience and building a more equitable and sustainable future in Mexico and globally, featuring thought leaders and experts on the topic. Get your questions ready for the Q&A section at the end! This panel discussion will be in English. PANELISTS
Day 4 (Dec 1), Fluye • Flow: Let’s get active! Start the new month off by feeling strong and active, and by immersing yourself in peace and self-dedication by joining this 50-minute sunrise Vinyasa flow yoga class for all levels taught by certified New York yoga teacher Anne Foster. VIEW INVITATION
Day 5 (Dec 2), Agua en México • Water in Mexico: Our second panel of the week will focus on social and environmental solutions to water challenges in Mexico, with a focus on using community outreach as a key strategy. This panel discussion will be in English. PANELISTS
Day 6 (Dec 3), Cocina con Clara • Cooking with Clara Come learn to make two Mexico City staples, huaraches and aguas frescas, taught by Clara, Isla Urbana’s first-ever rainwater harvesting system recipient and adoptive grandmother (taught in Spanish with English subtitles), or join along for an interactive Latin cooking class on Zoom! VIEW INVITATION
Day 7 (Dec 4), Coloquio de Captación y Fiesta • Rainwater Round Table and Party: Join us for our final roundtable panel and community party! The festive night will include a Q&A panel with Isla Urbana, field updates from rural and urban communities, musical performances, virtual silent auction closure, and more! We can’t wait to celebrate our week of learning, having fun, and raising funds to provide water for those in need. VIEW INVITATION