On June 5th (World Environment Day) I visited the Water Aid stand at the Water For Life Festival in Edgbaston (pictured). I filled in a postcard as part of a petition to Gordon Brown, calling on him to “talk taps and toilets” at the G8 summit in July, to ensure action from world leaders on this important topic.
Today I have received notification that the petition was handed in to No 10 just days ahead of the recent G8 summit which took place in Italy. Mine was one of 80,000 signatures calling on Gordon Brown to be a sanitation champion. Amongst the people who also signed the petition were thousands of revellers at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. In all 10% of the people who attended Glastonbury, including a number of stars, signed up – which is great news.
This campaign has helped to spread the word about the global sanitation crisis and generated pressure on Gordon Brown. I am pleased to have been a very tiny part of it.