Jessica Biel and Pete Wentz may not seem like they would have much in common, but when it comes to clean drinking water, both celebs are speaking up at the Live Earth press conference today at Chelsea Piers in NYC. Jessica and Pete advocated the need for clean drinking water everywhere in the world.
Jessica says she hadn’t worried about water until now, telling reporters, “For most of my life, water has been an ordinary part of an ordinary day. Turn on the faucet, get in the shower, wash your clothes. It is always there; it is always accessible. I’ve never been forced to think about where it comes from.”
“I won’t stand up and tell you that learning more has made me the brilliant creator of solutions; I am not. But I am listening. And I am changing the way that I live. This isn’t a problem for them or for those – this is a problem for us and for we,” Jessica urged.
Pete personally went on a trip to Uganda in 2007 and saw firsthand the need for clean water.
“The first thing I learned is that all human beings are the same. It’s just fate that determines which longitude or latitude that you’re born on. There’s no difference between a kid in the U.S. and a kid in a refugee camp,” Pete explained.
As a new father, Pete’s concern for children’s safety is even more important to him and urged people that there are simple things they can do to help.
“It’s mind-blowing to me that every day 5,000 kids die because they’re drinking water that’s unsafe. These are regular kids, just like my son, who have to walk miles each day to get water and the water you get may not be safe or clean. If I had to give my little guy a glass of water – well, he doesn’t drink a lot of water – but if I had to give my little guy a glass of water knowing that it would make him sick, it would totally freak me out,” the caring dad explained.
Pete concluded by saying, “So let’s get on it. Oh, I wanted to say ‘let’s get it on.’ “
Those who want to help can do so from almost anywhere in the world: Live Earth is sponsoring six-kilometer walks in 192 countries to earn donations to support water projects around the world (six kilometers is the average walking distance a child walks to get drinking water each day).