Australian ultra runner raises awareness of water protection in Shanghai

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-15 22:05:06|Editor: Lu Hui
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SHANGHAI, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Australian ultra runner Mina Guli hit the road in Shanghai this week, as part of her ambitious global marathon challenge to call for attention to the world's water crisis.

By achieving the goal of running 100 marathons in 100 days, Guli hopes to raise awareness of water protection around the world, as well as tell some of the world's most pressing stories related to the water crisis.

On Friday, after finishing a 30-kilometer run, Guli visited a primary school in Shanghai and shared with over 1,000 students stories of water scarcity and knowledge about global water crisis.

Since 2014, she has been cooperating with UNESCO Project on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in China to promote water resource education in thousands of schools across China.

In the school, a competition was held to encourage students to invent water conservation facilities and draw up a future world with better water management.

"It is so inspiring to see students as young as five or six years old in China have not just drawn about the problems, but also came up with the possible solutions," said Guli. "If we want to solve the water crisis, the hope is the next generation."

On Saturday, after finishing a 10-kilometer run with eight local participants, Guli gave a lecture at Shanghai Science and Technology Museum about water conservation.

"China has a lot of water heroes and water hero organizations that are making a big impact. I want to tell the stories to the whole world," she said.