By Carolyn Belardo
The supply and quality of fresh water is a major issue, brought even more to the surface with the proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and changes to the laws and regulations meant to ensure clean water.
Sandra Postel, who founded the Global Water Policy Project, has dedicated her life to studying the environmental issues regarding fresh water and educating the public about her findings and those of others. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, she will give a presentation entitled “Water: Will There Be Enough?” at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
She will discuss the “big picture” issues surrounding water, such as the effects of climate change on water supply, groundwater depletion, water wars, and conservation.
The presentation, in partnership with Canon Solutions America, is free and is part of the Academy Town Square series. Registration is requested; to register, visit the Academy’s web site at http://bit.ly/2o3ndlM.
This event was rescheduled from April 11 due to a scheduling conflict.
In her flagship book, the award-winning Last Oasis, Postel calls for the emergence of a water ethic. Through the Global Water Policy Project, which she founded in 1994, and with partners, she works to translate this ethical precept into policy and action.
Postel co-created Change the Course, which brings together the public, corporations and conservation organizations to raise awareness about fresh water, water footprints, and restoring health to vital ecosystems. Postel was named a National Geographic Freshwater Fellow, and her next book is due later this year.
The Academy Town Square series is designed to engage and provide relevant educational content to the public on environmental issues. The series is made possible by Warren Environmental Counsel. For more information on the Academy’s Town Square Series, visit ansp.org.