Wednesday, March 25, 2009

World Water Day Spills Over

Water distribution worldwide has been in a crisis state for many years. World Water Resources... from UNESCO is one of many dozen books in the library that review the problems.

World Water Day, March 22, was an opportunity to highlight the crisis; today, Diane Rehm and a panel of experts examined the problems on the Diane Rehm Show (WAMU, NPR; 11am program for March 25: U.S. Water Infrastructure). It was a highly enlightening conversation, examining water rights struggles among western states in the USA and the downstream impact of coal mining by mountain-top removal, among other concerns.

The first call for World Water Week 2009, to be held in August, was made public in February. Hosted and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), World Water Week in Stockholm "has been the annual focal point for the planet’s water issues since 1991. The Week provides a unique forum for the exchange of views and experiences between the scientific, business, policy and civic communities. It focuses on new thinking and positive action toward water-related challenges and their impact on the world’s environment, health, economic and poverty reduction agendas."

Two excellent documentaries will be shown in the coming weeks, focusing on water access struggles in a Michigan town and on equitable distribution of water to communities worldwide. I hope you will find time to watch them both.
Monday March 30, 7:30 pm
Mt. Zion Fellowship Hall
Saturday April 4, 7:30 pm
Mt. Zion Fellowship Hall
  • Both films, back to back -
Wednesday, April 1, 7:30 pm
Hallock Auditorium, Adam Joseph Lewis Center

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