Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge

“Water is life's mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”

- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (Hungarian Biochemist, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine)

Yesterday, I remember Albert, a member of our campaign team and the person who took this photograph, telling me that a lot of folks were terrified of the picture because they thought that was an actual baby floating in the river.

Thank goodness it wasn’t.

Yet, ironically, given the state of fresh water sources here in the Philippines, what’s in the picture might be a reality for most Filipinos who get their drinking water from rivers, reservoirs and other fresh water sources that are impacted by rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters.

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