FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2010
Dr. Peter Gleick will speak on “Water in the 21st Century: New Thinking for a Sustainable Future” at the Stroud Water Research Center’s 8th annual gala, The Water’s Edge.
Peter Gleick, co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute, a nonpartisan research organization dedicated to fostering environmental protection, economic development, and social equity. Gleick is one of the world’s leading authorities on freshwater issues. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2003 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006.
The Ballroom at Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square, PA
Parking: Use Business Entrance off Conservatory Road
Thursday, October 7, 2010
6:00 p.m. Registration; 6:45 p.m. Lecture
A number of table sponsorships and individual ticket levels are available.
We all need to understand the severity of the world’s water crisis and the need to adopt “real world” solutions to protect the earth’s resources and the people who depend on them. Proceeds from the event support the Stroud Water Research Center’s research and education programs.
Peter Gleick’s Three “E”s
For over a quarter century Peter Gleick has stressed the critical link among environmental protection, economic well being and social equity — he has spoken out about the global water crisis, declared access to clean water a fundamental human right, and worked to produce practical solutions to water problems around the world.
As co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, Ca., Dr. Gleick has relentlessly pursued his vision of a world in which the basic needs of all people are met, the earth’s resources are managed sustainably, the natural world is protected, and water disputes are resolved peacefully and democratically. In recent years, the Institute has brought together conflicting parties in Asia, Central America, and the Middle East to explore ways to cooperate over water.
“The bad news,” said Gleick, “is that the water crisis is real and growing. The problems flow from our failure to meet basic human needs and to balance them with the needs of the natural world. The good news is that we are making progress. We are developing a new approach to gathering and distributing water that makes sustainability and efficiency paramount.”
The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2003, Gleick is the lead author and editor of The World’s Water, a biennial publication used by water specialists, economists, planners, students, and anyone concerned with water issues. His current focus is on the impact of climate change on water resources and his ground-breaking concept of “peak water,” which compares our management of water resources with our history of oil extraction. His most recent book is Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water.
About The Pacific Institute
The Pacific Institute is one of the world’s leading independent nonprofits conducting research and advocacy to create a healthier planet and sustainable communities. Based in Oakland, California, the Institute conducts interdisciplinary research and partners with stakeholders to produce solutions that advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity—in California, nationally, and internationally.