Photo: WaterAid/Laura Summerton

WWF, WaterAid and Earthwatch, together with photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz, have documented images and stories highlighting the global water crisis. The photographs form the Water Stories Exhibition, supported by the HSBC Water Programme.

The Water Stories exhibition is currently being shown at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver, from 7-24 July, 2017.
 

Watch this short video about the Water Stories Exhibition.


Over the course of two years American-born Abdulaziz captured the effects of urbanization, poor sanitation and pollution in India; water scarcity and contamination in Pakistan, and expanding industry and population in China. His powerful images convey the effects of these issues on people and the environment, and how better management and protection of water sources can strengthen communities, and underpin development.
 



Photo: WaterAid/Laura Summerton

The exhibition also profiles local heroes who are working to improve their environment. From the female mason on a mission to build toilets in Kanpur, India; the former hunter, Zhang, who now protects wildlife around Lake Hong in China; and the volunteer citizen scientists who gather data on freshwater quality in London, UK, as part of a global network of volunteers.
 

 
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The United Nations has warned that our planet is facing a 40 per cent shortfall in water supply by 2030. Right now, 650 million people do not have access to an improved source of drinking water, while 2.4 billion people live without access to basic sanitation. As our world becomes more populous and industrialised, water quality is declining – threatening human health and freshwater species.

Photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz said: “Water is one of the great challenges of our time. Across the planet we are seeing our fundamental relationship with water called into question…it is my hope that this exhibition may, irrespective of our borders, remind us that we must address this challenge as one and work towards coexistence with our environment, as much for individual benefit as our collective gain. Our future depends on our understanding; water hangs in the balance.”
 


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For an exclusive preview of the exhibition, see the Water Stories feature on the WaterHub.

Water Stories

American photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz presents images from an ongoing study of the global water crisis

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