A New Year, A New Way of Living!

In 2012 Positive H2O accomplished a lot to help our environment and help those in need of clean water.

 

Did you know that almost a billion people are forced to spend countless hours searching for water each day?  A lot of the time the water they do find is not considered safe to drink.  By 2025, the UN expects that 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity and two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water-stressed conditions.

In 2012 +H2O raised enough funds to co-create clean water projects in areas of need.  Our partnership with Water Charity started in 2010 with our first fundraiser.  These projects have already been created and are delivering clean water.  Approximately 9,000 men, women and children have access to this clean, safe drinking water through +H2O funded projects that will help sustain their community and help them thrive!  We want to say we are so thankful for the people that have donated their time, money and knowledge to help give back.

2012 was the first time the US started to receive debris from the destructive Japanese Tsunami in 2011.  While the debris from the tsunami is a new problem, plastics and other debris in the ocean is not!!  In 2012 we removed truck loads of debris on and near the beach.  Through these clean ups volunteers have kept our beaches and playgrounds clean for all to enjoy.  And these events were only successful because of the individuals that care so much for our oceans health and well being!

For 2013 we will be partnering with Surfrider Foundation for 3 big events on Maui.

April 20, 2013 Earth Day Kahului Harbor Beach Clean Up

August 17th, 2013 Kanaha Beach Clean Up

October 19th, 2013 4th Annual North Shore Clean Up

Stay tuned as we will be announcing more exciting avenues that +H2O will be developing to engage children, communities and the world.  We appreciate all the support for 2012 and we look forward to making a positive change for 2013!

 

 

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Clean beaches, amazing team riders- Protect what you love!

Earlier this month concluded the end of the AWT windsurfing tour in which +H2O team rider Bernd Roediger sailed his way to the top to win the Makani Classic!  At the age of 16, this is his first win and he beat some of the top windsurfers in the world.

We want to congratulate him and +H2O founding member Levi Siver on placing second for the overall standings!

It should make for an exciting winter with a lot of our team spending time on Maui ripping it up, so stay tuned for more updates of action on the water.

Positive H2O also had our monthly beach clean up at Big Beach in Makena, Maui.  We had a great turn out with volunteers finding the usual litter on the beach like cigarette butts, bottles, bottle caps, plastic and styrofoam coolers.  It’s a shame that with Maui’s pristine beaches if you take a closer look the common theme is finding cigarette butts and plastic on a constant basis.  To see more pics from our clean up check out our gallery here.

If you or your friends smoke please realize the filters don’t break down for another 70-100 years.  That’s enough time for an animal to eat it or for it to drift into our ocean where it can be consumed as well.  So please if you smoke on the beach, take your butt with you and dispose of it correctly.  We protect what we love and it’s the same thing that keeps our passion alive, our lifeblood- the ocean!  How do you help keep our resources pristine and clean?

 

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November 2012 +H2O Newsletter

To our friends in the Atlantic states devastated by Hurricane Sandy, we hope you and your families are safe and sheltered. In the wake of President Obama’s re-election, after the unprecedented damage from Sandy, and scientific predictions of further consequences of climate change, we are devoting our regular newsletter to what you can do to help.

From the Maldives, where the Pacific encroaches on an island society, threatening existence for thousands of people, to the recent drought in the midwestern farm belt, to Atlantic New York and New Jersey, where hurricane damage ranges from severe to catastrophic, is there any doubt about climate change and that we need to act?

In the outer boroughs of New York City, citizen volunteers did not wait.
They streamed into neighborhoods, helping to supply drinking water and other vital needs. While thousands are homeless and still without electricity, we are thankful in this country to have the resources to enable those affected to recover.

When it comes to climate change, we are told we have no choice but to get used to drought and other ‘weather-related’ disasters. We can have faith in governing bodies that are here to protect our citizens and adopt sensible policies.
But, like those on the east coast, we cannot afford to wait.

We can act, now. Just email us the website address of one or two of your favorite local green, sustainable businesses that are committed to solving climate change. We will publicize these businesses on our FaceBook page and on our website www.PositiveH2O.com.

Plus, donate to +H2O through November, 2012, and 20% of your donation will go to one of three hurricane relief organizations.
Please click here to donate now.

American Red Cross
Brooklyn Recovery Fund
United Way Sandy Recovery

By taking action for those affected in maritime and in agricultural communities, globally, we are taking a stand. We believe that water is not something to be taken for granted.
Take, for example, Bushiri Village, a population of approximately 15,000 in the western provinces of Kenya. Most of Bushiri residents use subsistence farming to cultivate cash crops. The only public health care option available is offered by the Bushiri Rural Health Demonstration Center, which serves nine villages.

Without running water, basic hygiene standards are almost impossible to maintain. Cleaning bedding, washing equipment, sterilizing medical tools, are greatly complicated and cross infection is a real concern.

Although the Kenyan government built pipes into this facility, due to lack of funding, the clinic had no running water. Through our partner, WaterCharity.org, for a cost of $555, for the first time in fifty years, the taps will be running in the Bushiri emergency room, pharmacy, antenatal clinic, and bathroom.

The future of our cities and local communities depends on the indisputable right of ownership and proper stewardship of water resources.

By letting us know the names of your favorite climate change agent businesses you will be helping create a change you want to see.
And, please consider making a donation to +H2O.

It’s high time to act.

As our thank you for taking action, we will send you a special gift that shows your support for +H2O.

We’re going to grow the movement to reclaim our oceans, and demand water sanitation, for all our citizens.
But, we need your help.

Thanks for all you do — Your support really makes a difference!

Pascal Bronnimann & Jake Miller, founders, +H2O

Got a water sanitation issue or know of a responsible organization you think we should know about?

We’d love to hear from you.

Water = Life

Please click here to donate now.

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3rd Annual North Shore Clean Up- October 20th 2012-presented by +H2O, Surfrider Foundation, Community Work Day

The 3rd Annual North Shore Clean Up presented by +H2O, Surfrider Foundation-Maui Chapter and Community work day was a great success! We had over 170 volunteers and 2500 lbs of trash was removed from the North Shore coast line. The clean up covered Baldwin Beach through Paia town to Ho’okipa Beach Park. We would like to thank the sponsors of this event that include Flatbread Pizza, Paia Bay Coffee, Hi-Tech, Goya Windsurfing, Quatro International, North Shore Chiropractic and Massage, Maui Windsurfing Company, 211, Cafe Mambo, Maui Cyclery, KaiKimba, Maui Fin Company and Dakine.


We also had an online raffle that was sponsored by Kim McDonald Art with a beautiful print called High Tide Surf Camp.

Our winner for the raffle is Nicolette Van Der Lee with why clean water is important to her. Clean water is imperative for the health of our planet, our fellow creatures and ourselves. Living things are connected through the cleanliness of our water, and we value the efforts of organizations like +H20 to raise our awareness of this critical issue.

And here is what Kim McDonald had to say.

Artist Kim McDonald

I am pleased to be donating this piece of art and participating in the beach clean up on October 20th from Baldwin to Ho’okipa at 9am-12pm with +H2O .
I had the great opportunity of working with +H2O last year at an amazing international water conservation event with Water Wo/Man in the Maldives.
It was there that I became acutely aware of our declining water conditions and the immediate destruction to aquatic life.
If we all become more aware and more involved with events like this, our small efforts here can make an impact on the community and have more broad reaching results. Picking up one plastic cap or bag can save the life of an ocean animal and sea bird. +H2O helping to coordinate and support this amazing opportunity to gather as a community at Baldwin Beach to preserve our beaches as well as the life within it.

To the winner of the ‘why clean water is important’ contest, I am donating a medium print, valued at $995, of High Tide Surf Camp. This piece is about the remote places surfers, for the ultimate surfing destination, and to be one with nature. This is a romantic view of the lifestyle of a surfer, with a full moon mountain landscape, beaches and breaking surf in front of the village surf shacks, with an abundance of surfboards.
-Kim McDonald


Hawaii sits on the edge of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and is also starting to receive the debris from the Japanese Tsunami. Our clean ups are starting to prove that our efforts due matter, but we still need to stay diligent with education and action. Understanding the problem is half of the equation and the other half is putting action into solutions. We hope you can join us for our next clean up and if you’d like to get more involved become an ambassador for +H2O today and start taking action!

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Kutembea’ (to wander in Swahili) by Jack Stevenson- Part 2

Kutembea’ (to wander in Swahili) by Jack Stevenson- Part 2

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Environment
Marine life is in abundance. From the Lurio to Il Pirata, we were joined by a Humpback Whale. These curious beasts pass the coastline during July, August and September on their migration to warmer waters to birth before returning south. We were often joined by pods of sociable dolphins along the way and it was hard to keep up with the vibrant dashing world going on under water as we cruised over the fringing coral reefs teaming with life: colourful fish darting off in all directions and the occasional cloud of sand from a ray that had been resting in the comfort of disguise.

During our stay in Guludo local fishermen told us that elephants had passed by earlier that morning. Based within the Qurimbas National Park, the marine area of the park includes eleven islands, home to the incredibly rare Dugong and several species of shark and ray. Several WWF posts, who are working with the fisherman towards a more sustainable future, protect the area.

Challenges
Our first challenge was discovering that our experienced trip leader, Carlo, was critically ill with Malaria. It was hard and rather concerning to leave him behind!

One of the toughest challenges of the whole trip was to navigate Pointa Diablo, known for huge swell and a vicious rocky coastline. We established protocols to prepare for the foreseeable challenges ahead.

The full force of the Kusi was blowing and swell was huge coming at us from all directions. With compromised and limited communications the group became inevitably separated but thankfully our buddy system held strong.
Nic and Andre reconciled strong currents with 6ft waves breaking on the point’s continuous rocky coastline, whilst Bart and myself went further out to sea, battling the huge white capped swell, coming from every direction. It was intense, even experiencing seasickness amongst the giant chop.
The safest route for the boat was to give the point as wide a birth as possible; completely dwarfed by the swell it was clearly fighting its own battle on the edge.

After 4 hours of kiting we had passed Pointa Diablo and found safer calmer waters and a brief respite in some awesome waves to play in along the way.

Playing in transparent waves, admiring the reef below, leading onto palm fringed islands, the other kiter’s silhouetted around you and the big African sun setting over your shoulder into the continent is a feeling you cant describe but can treasure forever.

The sun sets fast close to the equator and the next encounter happened as quickly as the sun disappeared. We hadn’t seen a sandy beach for hours but were making good progress in the calm waters on the inside of the reef. Pushing on, Bart and myself suddenly jolted as we hit shallow rocks hard…and went down. After several attempts we found ourselves on a razor sharp urchin infested dead reef in the pitch black. Having a barefoot ethic the thought of footwear hadn’t even crossed our minds. So at this point we were more than grateful to Cat for insisting that we all had the most uber un-cool sandals!

With a fast incoming tide and the sun disappeared it was very quickly night.
With a display of torches dancing in the distance, we were certain it was the rest of the group but with a large stretch of deep water between us. We decided to pack up our kites and head for the island, a black band on the horizon. We felt our way through waist deep water often disappearing into holes, clambering over rocks and urchins. Neither of us could remember if the Island was lined with cliffs or mangroves. And we were COLD by now, nine hours of kiting, wet and hungry.

A gruelling two-hour struggle later we reached the black band and it was surrounded by dense mangroves. We drained as much water as possible from our kites and repacked them with the intention of trying to walk along the tree line until we found a way in. But we were quickly put off by knee deep sticky mud and a tide in fast pursuit. The trees offered some protection away from the wind. Exhausted, we staggered into the trees, tethered up our boards and climbed into a tree, wrapped in our kited cocoons to ‘sleep’ while the tide came in and went out.
The rest of the team were eventually safe on a neighbouring island, Qurimba. Separated for the night and unsure of each other’s ‘location’ it was a long night!

The next morning we woke curled up on our boards on top of the muddy roots, after a night surrounded by black clouds of mosquitos. We both subsequently got malaria, which is yet another experience we won’t forget in a hurry. It seemed even harder to get ourselves out of the day lit mangroves than it was navigating our way in – in darkness.
A fisherman kindly led us through a maze of streams in the dense mangrove forest and eventually into the open, across several fields and into Ibo town.
The team was reunited here and we had a chance to nurse our cuts dig out some of the thousands of urchins in our feet and repair our kites, before we were on our way again.

Community Projects
One of the biggest challenges communities face along this pristine coastline is access to clean drinking water. Through our passion for water sports, we aim to bring awareness to this need for clean water along the coast of northern Mozambique.

People have very kindly supported our kitesurf challenge and we have raised funds for a new well in Lumaumua village. Lumaumua is a sprawling fishing village hidden from the beach, with 485 residents relying on small-scale rice crops and predominantly using the sustainable method of spear fishing.

Lumaumua only has one well that has proven so insufficient that members of the village now resort to digging holes up to two meters depth to reach the water table. Nema Foundation will work together with Lumaumua, delivering the funds and helping to organize the technicians required, while Lumaumua will provide the labour and any local materials needed. Once a well is complete Nema, through their community volunteers, will provide training on sanitation and how to manage and maintain the well.

As three ambassadors of +H20 we organized a beach clean up on Wimbi beach in Pemba and involved the locals. We also visited a wind project in Mpandi village where the village has access to electricity and water, generated from the windmill. With the support of Water Charity, +H20 and Nema we hope to continue to raise the issue of clean water along the coast and do as much as possible to help.

Local People

The coastline of Cabo Delgado is mainly populated by the Mwani people, who systematically integrated with the Macua and the Makonde people over the years. These coastal communities have embraced the ocean as a source of life and have adapted their ways to co exist. We’ve documented this way of life, which hugs Mozambique’s remote coastline.

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A busy month for Positive H2O!

August has been a busy and productive month for Positive H2O! We are proud to announce that we have helped fund some clean water projects with our partner Water Charity. This project resulted in the development of 6 wells in the commune of Anjangoveratra, district of Sambava, northern Madagascar. The financial support encouraged the NGOs ARES and MBG to match the original funding and double the number of wells built.

The towns of Antanandava, Anamboafo, and Marolamba have a total population of 3,419 and went from having zero wells to having six, two in each town, giving each community close to full clean water coverage.

+H2O also had our monthly beach clean up on Maui in partnership with Surfrider Foundation-Maui Chapter. This month’s clean up took place at Kanaha Beach Park where over 1200lbs of trash was removed. One of the discriminating factors of the trash is the amount of tires and home appliances dumped by people that are too lazy to take it to the landfill. The problem with dumping these articles is the location and distance from the ocean which could harm our reefs and water quality of the ocean. We want to thank all of the volunteers and Flatbread Pizza who sponsored the event!
Last but not least +H2O is expanding our clean up effort and education and had our first clean up in Hood River, Oregon. We helped clean the waterfront of Hood River which sits directly at the Columbia Rivers edge. We had a great turn out and was able to fill half a giant dumpsterer full of trash! We look forward to building on this clean up effort for the next year with a bigger event as well!

Stay tuned to our website and join us for the September clean ups on Maui that will be a part of the Ocean Conservancy’s Get the Drift and Bag It!

 

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Kutembea’ (to wander in Swahili) by Jack Stevenson- Part 1

Positive H2O ambassadors Jack Stevenson, Bart van Straaten and Carlo Macchiarulo have finished their adventure in Mozambique and here is part one of their story.

Kutembea by Jack Stevenson

What ultimately inspired this journey was a passion of five people!

In northern Mozambique, Pemba’s small kitesurfing community is drawn to the pristine coastline and peaceful lifestyle of Cabo Delgado,

Away from the Pemba bustle is the area’s best kitesurfing spot and at the heart of the community is Il Pirata, an intimate hideaway lodge – home to Carlo and Susanna, a place for home-cooked Italian food, a kitesurf lesson or an adventure with Carlo exploring the idyllic coast by kite.
This is where the team of seven congregated and conceived the epic challenge.

The Challenge!
The challenge was to travel by kite the length of Cabo Delgado, traveling between the River Lurio and the River Rovuma, a 210 nautical-mile stretch as the crow flies, culminating in our eight-day adventure.

A Kitesurf challenge: an aim to raise awareness for the need of clean water, promoting current community projects in Mozambique and to document a raw way of life, living along the pristine coastline of northern Mozambique.

Kusi Wind
The Winds of the east African coast are the south easterly known locally as the Kusi and the north easterly known locally as the Kazkazi.
The Kusi has the reputation for being the stronger and more consistent of the two, blowing from April to September.

These winds are the backbone of the ancient Dhow trade routes. As far back as AD600 the dhow has been harnessing these winds bringing trade and wealth – shaping the coastline cultures. To this day the dhow spirit and trade routes continue as local communities rely on these winds as a means of life.

We relied on the Kusi to travel our part of the dhow trade route, using a kite – one of the most modern forms of harnessing the wind. The Kusi lived up to her reputation throughout the trip blowing hard and consistently, though not always on our side.

Epic Adventure – tackled on a shoe string
Lacking funds for a fancy support boat, we had no option but to rely on a far from ideal weekend flat-water boat, whose hull wasn’t ideal for choppy seas.
But we had confidence in Geert our Captain.

With the seven of us scattered across a remote zone we were already facing a communication challenge. But two days before the trip onset we were able to come together at Il Pirata and managed to finalise our plans.

The most beautiful stretch of kiting was day five between Guludo and Queiterajo. The wind was pitch perfect and the islands pristine, as we cruised past idyllic beachfront fishing villages, fringed by grass roofs and hanging palm leaves. Crowds of excited locals ran along the shores to greet us with beaming smiles, arms waving frantically. We entertained them with a few displays, hoping to leave them with stories that may be recounted for years to come. Drawing closer to Queiterajo we weaved amongst the few dotted mangroves and were welcomed by happy faces.

Cat and myself entered the village to greet the chief – Chefi De Aldea and were escorted to his house by Frank, an affable old man we met en route. He explained about the ‘shambas’ (fields) and the poor crops due to the lack of rains this year – a problem all over the region. We were welcomed to the Chefi De Aldea’s house with warm hospitality. We sat outside on the road on wooden school chairs while we waited for him to return from the mosque. A curious crowd had gathered and the ensuring intense questioning from them, was broken by his arrival. After a lot of banter and laughter he kindly gave us a few guards for the boat over night, as many fishermen who aren’t local to the area pass through.
We arrange with the guys guarding the boat that we want to leave by 9am the next day and could they keep the boat floating. The next morning we woke to a low tide and no boat……
Somehow lost in translation, the guards had walked the boat round the mangroves, on the outgoing tide to another spot where we found her lying dry!
20 strong we push the boat into deeper waters in tune to the rhythm of a fisherman’s song who at the top of his voice lead us into “ONE STRENGTH”, breaking the suction of the wet sand.
We pumped our kites and headed off waving goodbye to Queiterajo.

Part 2 coming soon!

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July 21st 2012 Charley Young Beach Clean Up!


We invite you to join the movement and participate in our July Maui Beach Clean Up!
Positive H2O, Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter, and Community Work Day invite you to join the clean water movement and participate in a clean up of Charley Young Beach.
This is a perfect opportunity for individuals, businesses, and community groups to gather and enjoy each others company while making a difference at the same time.
We hope you will join us and spread the word!

Event at a Glance:

Title: + H20, in conjunction with Surfrider Foundation and Community Work Day, present: Charley Young Beach, Three’s
Date: Saturday July 21, 2012
Location: Charley Young Beach Park. Look for +H20 and Surfrider Foundation banners
Clean Up 9am-12pm
Participants are asked to bring their own buckets, reusable bags, water bottle, and gloves. Free lunch by Three’s and water will be provided.
Contact: 808-283-2470, 769-861-8494, maui@surfrider.org, info@positiveH2o.com
Social Links: www.positiveh2o.com, www.surfrider.org, https://www.facebook.com/positiveH2O, https://www.facebook.com/SurfriderMaui

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Positive H2O’s newest team rider from the Maldives!

We are excited to have this local Maldivian surfer as a team rider for +H2O! Abdulla Areef (aka-Fuku) joined us at the Water/Wo/Men event at Six Senses, Laamu, in the Maldives. It was great to have a local pro surfer being a part of our event and helping keep our water clean! Fuku is a very talented and stylish surfer and knows the waves in the Maldives like no other and spends more time in than off the water. There is an excessive amount of debris in the ocean and trash on the beaches in the Maldives and Fuku is passionate about cleaning up the lagoons and areas he visits. We are stoked to have him on board and look forward to more interactions with the Maldivian community!

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Maui Film Festival and Beach Clean Up recap- June 16th 2012

June 16th was a big day for +H2O, Surfrider Maui Chapter and SLIM. Our beach clean up at Laniupoko had a great turnout – even some tourists showed up! It’s great to see younger individuals caring about their world and environment. This family had already done clean ups before and were happy to do another one. We also want to thank our +H2O ambassadors, Jimmie Hepp, Ben and Julia Jones and Mariah Sievers for helping out and keeping our island clean.
To view all of the pics from our clean up visit our gallery here!
Later that day we had the premiere of our film “Changing Tides”. Our film was choosen out of 1000 submissions to the Maui Film Festival 2012. It was great seeing it on the big screen and hope we can show it in more film festivals. It’s important for people to educate themselves about the marine debris problem that faces us all. Regardless if you live inland or near the ocean – if you have a storm drain you have access to the ocean. There are decisions we all can take in our own personal lives, but it takes commitment and getting used to new ways of living.

Three easy things to cut out of your life and be ok!
1. Don’t buy bottled water- Buy a reusable container that you can refill by the tap.
2. Don’t use plastic bags- Bring a reusable bag to the grocery store
3. Don’t use single use plastics, like forks and spoons- Keep a fork in your vehicle that you can wash and reuse
It’s that easy and it would have a huge impact! If you think you can try this share it with a friend and try it together! Tadacip

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