Taking Action ... End Water Poverty vs G8 leaders

Protesters: End Water Poverty Target: G8 leaders Location: Westminster Date: 2 July

Water Aid: protest
Water Aid: protest


The lowdown

A group of African and Asian Londoners wearing traditional dress and other campaigners carried jerry cans from the River Thames to Downing Street. They handed in 80,000 letters from the British public urging leaders at this week's G8 summit to address 'the appalling injustice that leaves billions of people worldwide without clean water or basic sanitation'. The protesters' route led them over Westminster Bridge, past the House of Commons and Big Ben, finishing at Downing Street. The walk took place in support of End Water Poverty, a campaign run by a coalition of more than 150 organisations. Coalition partners include WaterAid, Tearfund and Unicef.

Why the protest?

The group wanted to recreate the experience that is a reality for millions of people around the world. End Water Poverty international campaigns co-ordinator Steve Cockburn said: 'If London ran out of water on a hot day like today there would be outrage. We want Gordon Brown to be just as outraged that 4,000 children are dying every day in the poorest parts of the world because they lack clean water and sanitation.'

How did the media cover it?

Pictures of the protest ran on bbc.co.uk in its 'day in pictures' section. The story was also covered in The Times blogs under the headline: 'Imagine if London ran out of water.'

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