In this candid and emotional interview, Damon discusses the world’s water crisis and how his nonprofit Water.org is finding solutions to end open air defecation.
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He’s a famous, award-winning actor, producer, and screenwriter. But Matt Damon, 46, also is co-founder of Water.org, a nonprofit that promotes access to safe water and sanitation. National Geographic Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg interviewed him in Washington, D.C., as he prepared to address leaders at the World Bank.

In this candid and emotional interview, Damon discusses the world’s water crisis and how his nonprofit is trying to push the needle towards progress. The percentage of people defecating in the open air declined worldwide from 1990 to 2015, with the most dramatic reductions in some of the least developed countries. Yet nearly 950 million people still practice this public health hazard—a challenge augmented by population growth. Damon hopes that solutions such as microfinancing will help open air defecation be a thing of the past by 2030.

Writer Elizabeth Royte and photographer Andrea Bruce document sanitation problems in the developing world in the story “A Place to Go,” part of the August 2017 issue. : http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/08/toilet-defecate-outdoors-stunting-sanitation/

Visit http://Water.org to learn more about the organization’s efforts to increase access to safe water and sanitation in the developing world.

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