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#strikewithme Says Matt Damon

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Matt Damon, co-founder of Water.org and award winning actor and activist created a bit of a stir with his PSA done in mockumentary style to raise awareness about the plight of  millions of people who lack clean water and basic sanitation, is taking a stand for the water crisis. Watch his announcement and support the strike by signing up to make your voice heard online through Water Day, March 22, 2013.

The site strikewithme.org has more information about contributing video or showing your support on Instagram by using the hashtag #strikewithme. Basically if you go to the site, and sign in with Facebook, Water.org will automatically post content on your account weekly in support of the strike until March 16, then Starting on March 18th, posts will occur daily through World Water Day which is March 22, 2013. Content will include funny news from the strike, facts about the water crisis and updates about Water Day. Currently there is only 33 people using the Facebook app, so it might not be the most popular avenue to spread the word. Wait does that mean besides the water.org folks its only me using it? Anyways if you sign up with Twitter, you will auto-follow @water. You can return to the site to revoke posting or manage it from the application settings within Facebook or Twitter.

Once you sign up, you get a nice suprise as well. “Since Matt isn’t using his toilet seats anymore, he might as well give them to YOU. Tweet this message for a chance to win! Each week we’ll pick one lucky winner.”

 

“What’s even more shocking is the catastrophic worldwide lack of clean water and sanitation. Seven-hundred-and-eighty million people – that’s twice the population of the United States – lack access to clean water. 2.5 billion people lack access to a toilet or basic sanitation. I mean, more people have cellphones than have toilets,” Damon quips before announcing his strike from using the toilet until the water situation is fixed.

No stranger to comedy and video, Damon told the Los Angeles Times that “the concept of experimenting with comedy to generate new levels of awareness and participation in the cause is something we’ve been toying with for a couple of years. If Sarah Silverman and I can generate millions of views on YouTube for something ridiculous, then we should be able to do better for one of the most important and solvable issues of our time.”

I’m thinking he just might be on to something there. Well played sir. Well played.