Water has been identified as the number one societal and economic risk for the next ten years, by the World Economic Forum. A free Earthwatch lecture on Wednesday 18 February will bring together a panel of freshwater conservation experts to discuss how to meet this challenge, and you’re invited to join us either at London’s prestigious Royal Geographical Society, or online where we’ll be live-streaming the event.
Our Chair will be Tony Juniper, writer, sustainability advisor and leading British environmentalist. Tony has worked as Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales Charities' International Sustainability Unit, and penned the Prince of Wales' introduction to the World Water Summit in Nov 2014.
Tony will be joined by Dr. Elaine McGoff of the Freshwater Habitats Trust; Cate Lamb, Head of Water at Carbon Disclosure Project; and Earthwatch Global Freshwater Research Manager Prof. Steven Loiselle.
Citizen Science Leaders, and anyone else with an interest in water, can sign up for free to join us at London’s Royal Geographical Society, or join the event online through a live streamed Webinar. More details about this will follow soon, so be sure to check back here.
We’ll also be recording the event to view later, and live Tweeting throughout at @freshwaterwatch and @earthwatch_org.
A global growing population, expanding cities, intensive agriculture, industrial development and increasing consumer demands are impacting upon freshwater everywhere.
• More people die from poor quality water annually than from all forms of violence, including war.
• As water quality declines in some regions, more than 50 per cent of native freshwater fish species and nearly one third of amphibians are at risk of extinction.
• Use of nitrogen fertilisers has increased by 600 per cent in the last 50 years and up to 30 per cent of nitrogen used in agriculture ends up in our fresh water. This can cause eutrophication – where algae blooms to excess, starving water plants below of oxygen and sunlight – as well as acidification which can be damaging to wildlife and humans.
Join us and learn about the risks from a science, conservation and business standpoint, and find out what you can do.
The Earthwatch lecture series is kindly supported by: