On Wednesday, September 25th at 7 pm the River Institute kicks off its Science & Nature Series for 2013-14 with “The Science & Nature of Water” led by River Institute scientist Dr. Andy Bramburger. He has travelled the world researching fresh water and will share his insights on the nature, science and politics of water.
Some world leaders are saying that fresh water is the new oil. However, while there are substitutes for many resources, including oil, there are none for fresh water. We all require it for basic human survival. The paradox of water is that while it sustains life it can also cause illness or death when it becomes a carrier of disease. Nearly 800 million people on the planet live without access to safe water. But surely in Canada, clean fresh water is an unlimited natural resource that will last us all a life time. . . or will it?
Dr. Bramburger says, “The Great Lakes contain ¼ of the world’s useable fresh water.
As Canadians living on the shores of the Great Lakes, we have so much water and so much access to water, we tend to take it for granted.”
Our environment is connected by lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and groundwater that flow through our communities. Water is essential to all human activity. Taking care of our fresh water is an ever growing challenge locally and globally as pollution, water withdrawals and exports, climate change, and diverting water flows place stress on our supplies..
Come out on Wednesday, September 25th @ 7 pm at the Cornwall Public Library to hear Dr. Andy Bramburger discuss Water (this most important resource) in all of its forms. A talk not to miss! To reserve your seat at the Library, please call the River Institute at 613-936-6620.