Multiplatinum-selling country music star Dierks Bentley has joined the roster of celebrities who will perform at the Dow Live Earth Run for Water—a global series of 6K runs/walks that will raise money April 18 to combat the international water crisis.

As Live Earth notes:

“Water is a basic human right, and yet nearly 1 billion people on this planet don’t have access to it. Every day, thousands of women and children die due to lack of adequate drinking water. Eighty-eight percent of diarrheal cases worldwide are linked to inadequate and unsafe water. These cases result in 1.5 million annual deaths, mostly among children under the age of 5. In these areas, women and children are forced to walk 6 km (3.7 miles) each day to secure water that is likely unsuitable for drinking.”

“I’m looking forward to this event and helping to bring attention to the global water crisis,” says Bentley, who will perform at the Minneapolis event. His new CD, Up on the Ridge, will be released June 10. 

“The runs/walks that are happening on the same day across the world are a great reminder that we are all connected and that we are all responsible for helping each other,” Bentley says. “I’ve always loved playing in Minneapolis—lots of country music fans there—and I’m excited to be part of this historic event.”

“There’s no question that the global water crisis is one of colossal proportions,” says activist Alexandra Cousteau, founder of Blue Legacy International. “But the difference between this crisis and so many others is that there are solutions now to reverse it—and these solutions begin when we, as a generation, stand up and take part during a tipping-point event like the Dow Live Earth Run for Water. On April 18, the world community needs to rally together, take ownership of the critical issue of water and empower each other to work daily toward ending this crisis.”

You can register for the walks/runs in your area by clicking here. If no event is planned for your area, you can organize your own community “Friends of Live Earth” event by clicking here.

Founded by Emmy-winning producer Kevin Wall, in partnership with former Vice President Al Gore, Live Earth was built upon the belief that entertainment has the power to transcend social and cultural barriers to move the world community to action.