March 22, 2016


World Water Day 2016

Theme: Water for people, Water by people

World Water Day occurs each year on March 22, as
designated by United Nations General Assembly resolution.




Starting on World Water Day, Martin Strel will try to swim the entire circumference of Earth. Mr. Strel, a 61-year-old Slovene, plans to swim about 25,000 miles, passing through 107 countries, in about 450 days. That means he would finish around July 2017. That's a great deal farther than his 3,278-mile Amazon swim, which was chronicled in the 2009 documentary "Big River Man." Boats escorting him down the river poured blood over the side to distract piranhas. Mr. Strel appears to be different from other people. His team says that his body cannot develop lactic acid, which is produced during exercise and causes muscle fatigue. 'His past swims have promoted environmental awareness, and this time will be no different. Over the next 15 months, Mr. Strel hopes to draw attention to water pollution. It's an issue he'll literally jump into when he swims in waters like the Nile, the Yangtze and the Ganges.





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