The Politics of Freshwater: Access and Identity in a Changing Environment
ROHATYN CENTER FOR GLOBAL AFFAIRS: First Annual International Conference
March 14 - 16, 2013
Water is life and yet it is capricious. In our changing environment, water is problem and solution, destroyer and healer, divider and uniter. Water is not always available where and when it is needed. At times, too much water wreaks havoc on our efforts to control it. Pollution, pricing, distance, water management, climate change, discrimination and availability of technology limit the fair and wise use of water. However, through conscious choice we can do better. We must solve the riddle of sustainable development in the 21st century. This interdisciplinary conference will focus on different processes contributing to water scarcity, such as land use decisions, privatization, pricing, damming, commoditization and climate change, and on ways to improve peoples’ relationships to the freshwater systems they depend on. Presenters will provide international perspectives on these issues, analyzing lessons from the past and considering opportunities for the future.
If you have further questions, please contact Tamar Mayer 802.443.5568 or Cat Ashcraft 802.443.5519.
Christian A. Johnson Economics Fund, C. V. Starr Middlebury Schools Abroad, Program in Environmental Studies, Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest,Departments of English and American Literatures, Classics, Geography and Political Science, and the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs.