April 20, 2016
The Future of Water: California and Beyond
Speaker: Dr. Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute
Location: Michael’s at Shoreline Park, Mountain View
Water is tied to many of the most important global and local challenges we face, from the production of food and energy, to human and environmental health, to basic human and industrial needs. The hydrologic cycle is so closely tied to weather and climate systems that some of the most serious social challenges around human-induced climate changes are water-related: effects on water supply and demand, changes in extreme events, and impacts on the extensive infrastructure society has built to provide needed water services. Dr. Peter Gleick will present an overview of current and future water challenges associated with growing economies, rising populations, and a changing climate. He will address the severe California/western drought, links between extreme events and water conflicts, “peak water,” the “soft path for water,” and innovative solutions to our water problems around the world.
Dr. Peter Gleick is renowned the world over as a leading expert, innovator and communicator on water and climate issues. He co-founded and leads the Pacific Institute, an innovative and independent science-based organization that creates and advances solutions to the world’s water challenges.
Gleick’s work has redefined water from the realm of engineers to the world of social justice, sustainability, human rights and integrated thinking. His influence on the field of water has been long and deep: he developed the first analysis of climate change impacts on water resources, the earliest comprehensive work on water and conflict and defined basic human needs for water and the human right to water.
Gleick received the prestigious MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. He received his BS from Yale University and an MS and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Gleick serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations and is the author of many scientific papers and nine books, including the influential series “The World’s Water” and “Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water,” as well as the 2012 release “A Twenty-First Century US Water Policy.”