Water activist and ultra-marathon runner Mina Guli is the CEO of Thirst Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on delivering groundbreaking action on water. To raise awareness for the water crisis she is running 200 marathons this year.

She started her RUN BLUE campaign on 22 March 2022 (World Water Day) at Uluru in her home country of Australia and has completed runs in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. She’s currently in South Africa running the African leg of the campaign. The goal of the campaign is to gain commitments from 200 companies across the world to take concrete action on water in advance of the United Nations Summit on Water in March 2023.

Water. It’s at the heart of everything we do, we build, we eat, and we use. Every. Single Day. And yet everywhere we see the signs of this essential resource under stress.

Mina Guli

While not all of us can (or should) run 200 marathons to raise awareness, we can do our bit by conserving water. We asked Mina to share 5 ways she reduces her water usage. What she shared are easy do-able steps that not only save water but also save money. 

5 ways to reduce your water consumption 

  1. Use a reusable water bottle. If you buy takeaway coffee take your own reusable cup. 
  2. Check your taps and pipes to make sure there are no leaks.
  3. Take shorter showers.
  4. Choose food that uses less water to produce. This water calculator lets you calculate how much water it takes to produce different foods. 
  5. Wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine or your dishwasher.
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