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March 2014

Environmental Justice Speaker Series "The Future of Water"

When: Thursday, March 20 2014 @ 07:00 PM -
Where: San Jose Peace and Justice Center
48 S 7th St
Description: Environmental Justice Speaker Series presents
"The Future of Water" in honor of World Water Day on March 22nd. Featuring a screening of the documentary "Thirst" and a panel discussion on the future of water to follow the film.

About the film:
Population growth, pollution, and scarcity are turning water into "blue gold," the oil of the 21st century. Global corporations are rushing to gain control of this dwindling natural resource, producing intense conflict in the US and worldwide where people are dying in battles over control of water.

The world is poised on the brink of epochal changes in how water is stored, used, and valued. Will these changes provide clean water to the billions of people who need it? Or save the child who dies every eight seconds from contaminated water? Examining water conflicts in Bolivia, India and Stockton, California, Thirst shows that popular opposition to the privatization of water sparks remarkable coalitions that cross partisan lines. When it comes to water, many people demand local control and fear the arrival of multinational corporations with large lobbying budgets and little local loyalty.

This film is a piercing look at the conflict between public stewardship and private profit, where activists claim that water is a human right and corporations declare it a commodity.

Panelists:
Professor Katherine Cushing - Environmental Studies Department at San Jose State University- "The Struggle Over Water and Privatization in Developing Countries"
Professor Katherine Cushing's main areas of research include Water Resource Management and Environmental Policy Implementation in China.

Professor Iris Stewart-Frey -Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University. "How Climate Change is Affecting the Water Supply in California and the West."
Prof. Iris Stewart-Frey's main research focuses on the effects of climate change on mountain streams and water resources, especially in the western US.

Suggested Donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Sponsored by San Jose Peace & Justice Center Co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Studies at San Jose State University and the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University





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