U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS DAY IS DEC. 9; WATER SUSTAINABILITY IS THEME
PASADENA, Calif.—Officials from Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Urban Homestead City Farm, a Pasadena model for sustainable living, will join Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard for the United Nations Association’s and City of Pasadena’s Human Rights Day event from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Donald Wright Auditorium.
To celebrate the 64th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and as a kick-off for 2013 as the United Nations’ “Year of Water Cooperation,” Mayor Bogaard will join the Pasadena/Foothills Chapter of the United Nations Association (UNA) in hosting a free public event focused on water sustainability.
"Sustainable, safe water is critical to quality of life here in Pasadena, in the nation, and around the world," Mayor Bogaard said. "In our lifetime, access to clean water has been taken for granted. We believe it is a basic human right, but billions of citizens around the world do not enjoy that privilege. It could become a national security issue."
The event and UNA theme of “Water Cooperation” focuses on the importance of water as a basic global human right as well as the need for water conservation. The global perspective will be presented through the work of two local non-profit organizations working to bring safe water to West Africa and Cambodia–Wells Bring Hope and The Community First Initiatives.
Hadiara Diallo, originally from Niger, share her experiences in West African villages with the Wells Bring Hope project and Pierre Mainguy, creator of Community First Initiatives—designed to fight poverty in developing and transitional nations—will share his experiences in rural Cambodia. Both non-profits are empowering people living in forgotten villages to create sustainable means of improving their livelihoods.
Activities will include exhibits on water conservations and sustainability by Pasadena’s Department of Water and Power, Caltech and JPL. At the event, Caltech representatives plan to unveil a self-contained, PV-powered domestic toilet and wastewater treatment system.
In addition, there will be an exhibition and demonstration by Muir High School’s urban farm project, Muir Ranch, and a special visit from representative of Friends of the Peace Pilgrim, who will be collecting gently used shoes to be recycled in our community. So bring your used shoes and join us for an exceptional experience!
Admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided. Free parking is available in the Central Library parking lot. For Pasadena ARTS bus and other transit schedules, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/artsbus.
For more information visit http://www.unapasadena.org or call Rhonda Stone, Field Representative to the Mayor, at (626) 744-7147. For more information about Pasadena, go to www.cityofpasadena.net.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29, 2012 #103-12
NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS: Lieutenant Phlunte' Riddle, Pasadena Police Department, (626) 744-7875; Rhonda Stone, Field Representative to the Mayor, (626) 744-7147; William H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755, email@example.com