CIWEM to showcase images from the 2016 Environmental Photographer of the Year competition at St. Paul’s Cathedral

London, 6th March 2017 – CIWEM will be showcasing some of the images from the 2016 Environmental Photographer of the Year (EPOTY) competition, supported by Atkins, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The St Paul’s Institute, have formed partnerships with cathedrals and churches in four continents, in a bid to raise awareness and activism about water, through the launch of the JustWater website, have partnered with CIWEM to enhance the importance of the public’s understanding of water related issues.

Barbara Ridpath, Director of St Paul’s Institute, expressed her support for the partnership, stating that “St Paul’s is delighted to include CIWEM as a partner in the JustWater programme.  The competition photos show how important it is to understand that water-related issues can impact the wellbeing of every community worldwide, rich or poor.  They send a powerful message that we can’t afford to ignore.”

The water images of the Environmental Photographer of the Year competition will be showcased in St. Paul’s cathedral on 23rd March as part of the Water Of Life? Creation, Culture & the River Thames event.

“We are proud to be a part of this event by showcasing the powerful messages from our EPOTY competition and further raising public awareness of these issues, as we see global water challenges grow.” Explained Terry Fuller, CEO of CIWEM.

As part of this event CIWEM will be not only showcasing images, but also there to meet and speak with the public, to discuss UK and global water challenges.

“We have seen the major humanitarian crisis of our time, through political unrest and this is an awakening to what we can only imagine could happen.” Fuller added “A very direct manifestation of climate change is the increased pressure on the supply of drinking water to all parts of the world. A failure to supply or maintain water supplies to communities, or indeed to address other climatic extremes, would lead to humanitarian crisis, war and migration on an unprecedented scale.”

With multiple organisations being involved in St. Paul’s including the Environment Agency, The Thames Discovery Programme, Faith in Water and Toilet Twinning, this event will look at a large proportion of different water issues, ensuring that attendees will gain more awareness and understanding.

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