The Water Rising Festival (June -9th) is the sister-event of the Water Falling Festival which we created in December. Our program is to build the momentum for this semi-annual events, to inspire more and more villages around the Tonle Sap Lake, Camodia's Inland Ocean, to take pride in their waters. None of the villages (180 on the lake in total) have ever had waste management capacity, recycling, or even education or awareness about plastic and how pollution can impact their communities and livelihoods. In December we inspired over 1,500 community members, students, fishermen, monks and local government officials to join in the two-day event. This June, we now have over 4,000 people planning to take part in three villages, on the weekend which also spans World Oceans Day. This is the only lake in the world which rises and falls six meters every six month, expanding the lake to over 15 times its size. When this happens, the water pulls the plastic out fromt the villages to the lake when it falls, and brings it back in to the villages when it rises. The festivals are created to raise awareness, education, water stewardship, and bring long term solutions to the communities along the lake, which all survive on fishing, aquaculture and tourism.
Funds will be used will help to grow the festival, and excess funds will be used to build capacity, outreach and training on our Global Alert app/platform with different communities around the world. The platform is run and produced by Ocean Recovery Alliance, as are the festivals. Available on both app stores, and at www.globalalert.org The app allows for community reporting of trash hotspots, anywhere in the world's waterways or coastlines, bringing community engagement to the issue of plastic in our waters, and allowing stakeholders to better manage, clean and prevent plastic and trash from making it to the waters in the first place. SEE - SHARE - SOLVE with Global Alert.