Damon focused on clean water for world
The Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon deals with a matter of life and death at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Davos is a gathering of the world’s global elite.
“It’s just so unthinkable to those of us who grew up in America or Canada that anybody could ever lack access to clean water,” said Damon, 43, who has traveled to this stunning Alpine setting close to the borders of Austria and Italy to talk about a seemingly mundane, yet frustratingly deadly problem.
Nearly 1 billion people lack a safe and consistent way of getting water, and onethird of the world’s population — 2.5 billion people — don’t have regular access to sanitation facilities. More people have a cellphone than have a toilet, and every 20 seconds, a child dies for lack of access to clean water and sanitation, according to Water.org, the non-profit that Damon founded with Gary White, a widely praised engineer and social entrepreneur who has been active in the water field for more than two decades.