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“Water – The Crisis Ahead”

April 21–23, 2010 | Bellevue, Washington

Foundation For the Future’s invitation-only workshop “Water – The Crisis Ahead” brought together experts on the world’s water situation for a three-day workshop in April. Prominent US and international analysts, researchers, and scholars who are authorities in the history of water and civilization, the current state of water on the globe, and what humankind can expect going forward gathered in Bellevue, Washington, for the face-to-face meetings. Perspectives from art and theology joined those from science in the multidisciplinary discussions.

 

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Hear what workshop participants had to say about the water crisis on Planet Earth.

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Purpose

There is a growing realization that water could well be emerging as a bigger crisis for humanity than oil, but few in the general public are aware of the urgent need to address this issue. In keeping with its mission, Foundation For the Future put sharp focus on the subject by convening a workshop of internationally recognized experts on the coming water crisis. To read the key findings of the workshop, click on "Water – The Crisis Ahead" Executive Summary in the sidebar at left, under RECENT PUBLICATIONS.

Among aspects the workshop explored were:

• Water’s complex role in society and in the history of past civilizations

• Assessment of the water situation in key geographical areas of the planet

• Water and current international efforts in governance, finance, and conflict resolution

• Research and technologies being developed for solutions to the water crisis

• The business of water

• The current state of global activism related to water

• Water and the long-term future of humanity

Agenda Summary

Through a varied agenda featuring presentations and plenary discussions, the participants arrived at the two most critical water issues facing humanity in the long-term future. The two broad issues were governance and technology. Each of these was the focus of a "Fishbowl" conversation.

Participants

Mr. Ger Bergkamp
Director General
World Water Council
Marseille, France

Dr. Dennis M. Bushnell*
Chief Scientist
NASA Langley Research Center
Hampton, Virginia USA

Dr. Brian Fagan
President
Lindbriar Corporation
Santa Barbara, California USA

Prof. Basia Irland
Professor Emerita
Department of Art and Art History
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies,
Theology and Religious Studies
Seattle University
Seattle, Washington USA

Prof. T.N. Narasimhan
Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Materials Sciences and Engineering
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California USA

Mr. Ravi Narayanan*
Vice Chair
Governing Council
Asia Pacific Water Forum
Bangalore, India

Dr. Andrew R. Parker*
Research Leader
The Natural History Museum
London, England UK

Dr. Peter P. Rogers
Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Engineering
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts USA

Dr. Vernon L. Scarborough
Charles Phelps Taft Professor & Dept. Head
Department of Anthropology
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio USA

Dr. Tony J. Wilkinson*
Professor
Department of Archaeology
Durham University
Old Elvet, Durham UK

Mr. Kenneth R. Wright
Founder
Wright Water Engineers
Denver, Colorado USA

Dr. Chunmiao Zheng
Professor of Hydrogeology
Department of Geological Sciences
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama USA

* Four participants were unable to attend the workshop but still contributed to the findings.

 

 

 

Evidence is mounting that drought is the silent and insidious killer associated with global warming. … Many futurists believe the wars of coming centuries will not be fought over petty nationalisms, religion, or democratic principles, but over water….

— From Brian Fagan’s The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations (Bloomsbury USA, 2009). Dr. Fagan was among the speakers at the workshop "Water – The Crisis Ahead."