Matt Damon Really, Really Cares About Water

The vast majority of celebrities give money to charity, some celebrities even have side projects or foundations that involve putting a lot of their time and effort toward a cause they feel is important, but only a handful of celebrities attack a cause with the tenacity and vision that actor Matt Damon has brought in his fight to bring water to everyone on Earth. When Matt and Gary White co-founded Water.org in 2009, they did so with the incredibly ambitious goal of solving arguably the biggest issue that faces humanity today, nearly 1 billion people do not have access to clean water. Now it’s imperative to note that his organization is not just about giving water to people who are thirsty, it’s also about sanitation. A fact that keeps getting repeated both on Water.org and on any of their related videos is that the majority of illness is caused by fecal matter. You read that right, more than 50% of all sickness is caused by inadequate sanitation. Matt Damon discusses several aspects of this massive issue in this interview:

We at the Dapper Young Gentleman have applauded the way Damon has leveraged his celebrity into helping create a consciousness about the importance of getting water to the people who need it. Some of you may remember this hilarious cameo on Entourage in which he parodied the in your face, shaming style of charity marketing that he has gone out of his way to avoid (watch all the way to the end, trust me):