Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, University of St La Salle, Université de Namur, Catholique Université de Louvain, and Université de Mons of Belgium have joined forces in the research project, “Building up an Integrated Methodology for Water Resources Assessment and Management in Urban Coastal Areas” or BIMWAM.
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The objective of this project is to encourage the educational community Javeriana to take water from the aqueduct and avoid drinking bottled water since the final disposal of the same pollute the environment. This project is developed from the Directorate of Physical Resources aware that we must reduce the environmental impact reducing pollutant waste such as bottles.
Battle for the Boot is a shoe collection competition that supports the efforts of Shoeman Water Project in providing clean water to developing countries. Saint Louis University has competed in the competition for the past three years. Most recently, the St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium took on the challenge of coordinating Battle for the Boot.
What is Shoeman Water Project?
The Shoeman Water Projects sells the donated shoes by the pound to distributors who then send them to developing countries like Kenya, Afghanistan, Haiti, Panama, and Guatemala to sell affordable footwear. The Shoeman Water Project uses the revenue from the shoe sales to drill for wells and install pumps and purifiers for clean drinking water.
Cambodia is usually known for its ancient stone temples, of which Angkor Wat is the most famous, or for the genocide that happened at the hands of the Khmer Rouge during the period of 1975-1979, which claimed around 2 million people. Cambodia also used to be the country with the most casualties in the world due to landmines and cluster bombs. A lesser known facts is that Cambodians are the largest consumers of freshwater fish in the world, estimated at 19 to 71 kg per person per year, depending on the study. However, regardless of the data source, the countries of the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) – Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam – are consistently the highest consumers of fresh water fish as compared to all other countries in the world.
The human community is intimately and intrinsically connected with the whole of Creation. We cannot thrive, nor in many cases survive, outside of healthy and diverse ecosystems. Yet the marked realities of global warming, loss of biodiversity, and the contamination and depletion of water and soil resources make it ever more clear that the path we are on is self-destructive and unsustainable.