Water is Key is envisioned as a catalyst to energize people and organizations in the industrialized world to be financially involved by supporting non-governmental organizations (NGOs) delivering safe water projects in Africa. Through compelling photos and quotes from villagers and others, the book will show the need of the millions of people without safe water and the successes and hopes of villagers that come with providing safe water. A foreword by Steve Hilton, president of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, will emphasize the foundation's efforts in Niger, Ghana, Mali, and Burkina Faso.
A large-format, high-quality art book containing 80 black and white photographs and short essays by leaders such as President Jimmy Carter and former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan and quotes from villagers and NGO staff, the book will be carefully edited to become a call to action. The reader will come away with a better understanding of the needs of the people of Africa, how this affects their own lives in the industrialized world, and the dramatic results that can be achieved through the help of not just world leaders but involved citizens as well. A directory of NGOs working in West Africa in safe water projects will be included. The core emphasis of the Hilton Foundation remains the link between water and human health—in particular diseases such as trachoma, guinea worm, and diarrheal diseases.
Mr. Garcetti has indicated his willingness to devote a very substantial part of his energies in the next two years in making this campaign successful by any standard. His royalties from retail sales will be donated to a safe-water NGO.
Though many know Gil Garcetti from his “previous life” as the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Gil has spent much of his life as an urban photographer. His work has been widely published and is the subject of several books. Garcetti’s photographs have been exhibited at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the Millennium Art Museum in Beijing, China, Virginia Center for Architecture, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Barnsdall Art Park Municipal Gallery, the New York City Public Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, and in a one-man show of his Dance in Cuba photographs at the UCLA Fowler Museum. He has been profiled as a photographer in TIME Magazine and was recently the subject of a segment on CBS Sunday Morning. American Photo named Garcetti one of the country’s four master photographers.
Dr. Peter H. Gleick is co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California. Dr. Gleick is an internationally recognized water expert and was named a MacArthur Fellow in October 2003 for his work. In 2001, Gleick was dubbed a "visionary on the environment" by the British Broadcasting Corporation. In 1999, Gleick was elected an Academician of the International Water Academy, in Oslo, Norway, and in 2006, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. Gleick received a B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations, and is the author of many scientific papers and five books, including the biennial water report, The World's Water (Island Press).