Sunday, October 13, 2013

How Will We Survive the Water Wars?

Learning to live in a less wet world.



  • Location: Pacific Design Center 8687 Melrose Ave.
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Sponsor: Dean of the College

We think of water as a source of life, peace, even holiness. But water also has power, including the power to end lives—and threaten whole civilizations. Today, converging forces—a rapidly growing population, climate change, and global economic development—are transforming our relationship with this resource. In the 20th century, residents of places with few native sources of water, such as Southern California, took water for granted—but they can’t afford to do so any longer. How can we survive a water crisis that’s already begun—but that we’d prefer to ignore? Zócalo Public Square and Occidental College present a half-day conference to discuss the lethal force of water, the financial risks of water, and how we can learn to live in a less wet world.

When Water Kills
RAND Corporation senior scientist Robert Lempert, UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling director James S. Famiglietti, and Occidental College biologist Gretchen North discuss how understanding water’s dangers can protect us.

How Much Should Water Cost?
Wetlands Water District chief deputy general manager Jason Peltier, Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization author Steven Solomon, environmental attorney Peter Culp, and Chance of Rain publisher and writer Emily Green ask what the price of water should be.

Learning to Live with (Less) Water
A panel including Occidental College economist Bevin Ashenmiller and Reason science correspondent Ronald Bailey discuss what can be done to help ease our transition into a less-watered world. Moderated by Bettina Boxall, Water and Environmental Reporter, Los Angeles Times.

The half-day conference is free. Registration is required. See the full descriptions of the events or register at Zócalo Public Square.