Creating change [09-12]
Ichi Ikeda – Moving water days, video, photos and objects for backpacking water, 2006
Japanese artist Ichi Ikeda wanted to highlight the grave changes that will happen to fresh water supplies due to climate change. He built wooden backpacks that had a volume of 80 litres – the minimum amount of water needed to support the daily life of each person living on the planet – and organised ‘Moving Water Days’ with local people using the backpacks to transfer water up and down the River Kedogawa in southern Japan.
Currently, more than 300 million people in 26 countries suffer from an insufficient water supply. It is estimated that within 50 years, two-thirds of the world’s population will suffer from water shortages due to climate change.
Work reproduced courtesy of the artist. Part of the UNEP/Natural World Museum exhibition "Melting Ice/A Hot Topic: Envisioning Change"