Because she spends more time outdoors than most people, Lexi DuPont is on the front lines of the climate change battle. Like most professional athletes, DuPont is so aware of the environment because it is her playground. It’s her church, her school, and her home away from home. She’s on a mission to educate the next generation about just how important it is to take care of our world.
DuPont created a web series called Water Worshippers to document that mission. For her final episode, she traveled to Nicaragua with The Latitude Project to a small village just outside of San Juan Del Sur. The goal of the trip was an important one: to bring clean water to a village that desperately needed it.
“I feel like I am truly living and I truly have purpose when I am able to contribute towards the bigger picture,” she explained to WarrenMiller.com. “Helping people and the planet is one of the greatest gifts I can give. I work hard to bring awareness to some larger issues like climate change, water conservation, and various human rights issues through lifestyle choices, and public speaking.”
The Latitude Project is an organization that works a little differently than most. It’s a very simple difference, but it’s a huge one: they ask. Instead of going somewhere and simply installing or building something they think the people need, they ask the people living there what they need most. “We offer people the opportunity to be the agents of their own change by initiating health, education, and sanitation projects that are locally supported and sustained, because we have a deep-seated belief that grassroots organizations – when founded on the right principles – can create a ripple effect of compassion, change, and freedom,” wrote the founders, Jennifer and Alanna Tynan. After the community has spoken, Latitude makes it possible and gets the whole community involved.
“Without those baseline needs covered—clean water, food, shelter—you can’t prosper,” DuPont said. “You can’t grow as an individual. So being able to provide clean water for this village… there’s no greater satisfaction in this world.”
Now is the time of year when giving thanks and giving back holds even more meaning. than usual. Latitude does it all year around. For $30, you can bring clean water to a family in need. The Latitude Project runs entirely on donations, so without your help, missions like this one wouldn’t be possible. Donate HERE.