MIAMI — Rebecca Jim, executive director of the LEAD Agency, has been selected to be part of the “Waterkeeper Warriors,” a digital storytelling campaign.
The Waterkeeper Alliance and Culture Trip have joined forces on the worldwide project, which is an awareness campaign for clean water.
“I was really shocked because there are 300 Waterkeepers in the world and I have one of the smallest watersheds of any of them,” Jim said. “It’s a real honor to be selected — and a surprise.”
For years, Jim has been a hero of the need to clean up Tar Creek, which was declared an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in 1983 because of its health hazards due to mine water discharges.
The “Waterkeeper Warriors” campaign — marking its 20th anniversary — chronicles Jim and 19 other Waterkeepers from Cambodia and Bangladesh to London and San Francisco.
It’s the largest and fastest growing nonprofit solely focuses on clean water
The Tar Creek campaign seeks to continue raising awareness for solutions to the decades old issues of mine water discharge, a press release said.
Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jon Hamm narrates the segment on Tar Creek.
Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close, Michael Keaton and Julia Louis-Dreyfus narrate other segments.
Waterkeeper Warriors hail from markets including from Mobile, Alabama; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; San Francisco, California; Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China; Plaquemine, LA; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Cartagena, Colombia; Santiago, Chile; Washington, D.C.; Wilmington, North Carolina; Hackensack, New Jersey; Bahamas; Miami, Florida; Greater London; Kathmandu, Nepal; Beijing, China; Buffalo, New York; Lima, Peru and Dakar, Senegal.
Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement uniting more than 300 Waterkeeper organizations and affiliates around the world, focusing citizen action on issues that affect waterways, from pollution to climate change. The Waterkeeper movement patrols and protects over 2.5 million square miles of rivers, lakes, and coastlines in the Americas, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa.
Culture Trip is a travel site and app that celebrates what’s special and unique about places, people, and cultures across the globe.
“It seems unfinished, so it doesn’t feel like a time to celebrate, but it is,” Jim said. “There are some things that are better. I think being an advocate for a creek that really didn’t have one, it has been important and I think in the future will be even more important.”