On Thursday April 12, the author of “The Big Thirst“, Charles Fishman, will present a public seminar in the Kellogg Center (Centennial Room, 3:30-4:30). ISP203B class will be canceled this day; your attendance at this seminar is entirely voluntary. Please RSVP via this poll by coming Thursday 6pm.
The Coming Water Revolution
Everything about water is about to change – how we think about it, what we pay for it, where we get it, how we use it.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Charles Fishman, author, The Big Thirst
11:30 – 12:45 p.m., Student Lunch w/ Charles Fishman
3:30 – 5 p.m., Kellogg Center, Centennial Room (One-hour talk with reception following)
Abstract: We have been living through a 100-year-long golden age of water. We never think about water’s availability, we never hesitate to run a bath because of the water bill, and we never worry about whether our tap water will make us sick. But that golden age of water — where water is unlimited, safe, and free — is over.
We are at the dawn of a new age of high-stakes water, an era in which supplies and systems are under pressure from growing populations, surging economic growth, and dramatic swings in weather. In this new age of water, we’ll pay more, but we’ll waste less. And we’ll have to be much smarter about every drop. And those with abundant water will suddenly discover that water security is a great economic development asset.
We’ll learn to tap a wave of innovation in water management, water use and water technology that is sweeping the world.
Award-winning investigative journalist Charles Fishman delivers a persuasive, fascinating, and urgent primer on the history and future of water. He takes you from a factory in Vermont with water so clean it is considered poisonous, to villages in India that have 24-hour-a-day cell phone service but no water service at all. Fishman has spent the last three years circling the globe — from Las Vegas to New Delhi — to uncover how the world of water is changing, and what the enormous implications are for each of us, no matter where we live.
Biosketch: Charles Fishman is a former metro and national reporter for the Washington Post, and was a reporter and editor at the Orlando Sentinel and the News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. Since 1996, he has worked for the innovative business magazine Fast Company. Fishman has won numerous awards, including three times receiving UCLA’s Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious award in business journalism.