Submitted by the Lopez Island Library
The Lopez Library is pleased to present “H2OMG! Making Sense of Water Scarcity in an Insecure World” with economist and policymaker Rachel Cardone. The presentation will be on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. This is the next presentation in the HUMAN/NATURE fall speaker series, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library and a grant from Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.
In communities throughout Washington state, Speakers Bureau presenters give free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy, spiritual traditions and everything in between. It feels like not a day goes by without a story in the news that relates to some water issue. Whether it’s lead in schools, drought in California, or dwindling snowpack in Washington, water scarcity is a challenge that needs our attention — now.
Cardone’s presentation at the Lopez Center will focus on water scarcity and its effects both globally and at local levels here in Washington State. Participants will be challenged to consider how they value water in its different uses and explore whether taking an ethical approach to water issues changes how we manage and govern water on our increasingly thirsty and crowded planet.
Cardone has spent nearly 20 years working on water issues as an economist, writer, policy maker, philanthropist, and advisor to public, private, and non-profit organizations. Prior to returning to independent consulting in 2012, she spent five years establishing the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she also developed and managed a sizeable portfolio of systems-changing investments which continue to have an impact in countries around the world.
Cardone has traveled or worked in over 50 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, and has spent several years facilitating workshops, training sessions, and meetings for a range of audiences. She has also served as chairwoman of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Seattle Public Utilities and is a current Trustee of the Whole World Water Fund. All Library programs are free and open to the public.
See you there! Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. at the Lopez Center.