Fresh Water Scarcity – The Global Crisis of Our Time
Join the Conversation!
Over the past the past 60 years, the fresh water available per person has decreased fourfold. Of the water that is available, about 70% is already used for agriculture. Many rivers no longer flow all the way to the sea, half of the world’s wetlands have disappeared, and major groundwater aquifers are being mined unsustainably, with water tables in some parts of the world declining by as much as one meter per year. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has described water as “the biggest environmental and political challenge of our time.” Is he correct?
Join the conversation on Tuesday, November 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Belfast Free Library as part of the free discussion series offered in anticipation of the February 2014 Camden Conference – The Global Politics of Food and Water.
Rather like a book group, but requiring less preparation, the Camden Conference Discussion Series promotes thoughtful, engaged dialogue at each session around a set of articles and videos—some essential, others optional—that provide a context for conversation. These articles and video links can be easily accessed at http://www.camdenconference.org/wp-content/uploads/Reading-List-for-Water-Scarcity-A-Global-Crisis-in-Our-Time-CG_8_28_13.pdf.
Alternatively, a reading copy of the essential articles will be available at the Rockport, Camden, Rockland and Belfast public libraries.