april, 2021

20apr12:00 pm"The Past, Present, and Future of Water" Peter Gleick: iSEE Congress 2020

Event Details

Abstract: Freshwater has played a central role in human evolution, the rise and fall of civilizations, the revolutions of chemistry, physics, and biology, and the complex challenges facing modern society. Gleick will offer a look at this role, address the current water crises facing the planet, and discuss how we might transition from the difficult water crises of the 21st century to a more positive, sustainable vision for the future.

Bio: Gleick is a leading scientist, innovator, and communicator on global water and climate issues. He co-founded the Pacific Institute in Oakland, one of the most innovative, independent non-governmental organizations addressing the connections between the environment and global sustainability. Dr. Gleick’s work has redefined water from the realm of engineers to the world of sustainability, human rights, and integrated thinking. Gleick pioneered the concept of the “soft path for water,” developed the idea of “peak water,” and has written about the need for a “local water movement.” Among many other honors, Gleick received the prestigious MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, the U.S. Water Prize, and has been named “a visionary on the environment” by the BBC. He was elected in 2006 to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In 2018 he was awarded the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization. Gleick is the author/editor of many scientific papers and books, including The World’s Water series, Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water (Island Press, Washington), and A 21st Century U.S. Water Policy (Oxford University Press, New York).

This event is one of four noon-hour lectures making up iSEE Congress 2021: The Future of Water.

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This is an iSEE Certified Green Event.


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