50 college campuses across the country are looking to raise money to help those in need of clean drinking water. Is such aid sustainable however? See what the students are donating their money to.
CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHT: The Festival of Water and the Econonmy
Date: December 12, 2011
Although in French, this conference’s theme is Water and Economy. Over 5 days, this conference organized by l’Idep and the Greqam (CNRS, School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Aix-Marseille University), and partnered with the Canals Society of Provence and the French energy company, EDF, will focus on water issues throughout the world and their impact on France.
Take a look at the agenda here.
With over half of Africa’s water resources, the Democratic Republic of Congo is facing some large challenges in its development. But according to UNEP, it also has the potential to become one of Africa’s environmental powerhouses. Have a look at this interesting article.
Take a read through these great articles detailing water and conflict.
It’s good to see that the international press is slowly picking up on the urgent crisis for sustainable drinking water and challenges posed by climate change in this area.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and World Bank President Robert Zoellick signing a Memorandum of Understanding on World Water Day 2011.
Photo: © Simone D. McCourtie/World Bank
For those of you who do not know of this piece of legislation, it is a fantastic initiative started by Senator Paul Simon and carried on by various members of the US Congress on both sides of the aisle. Read more about it here.
At its core, it is a bill to provide 100,000,000 people with first-time access to safe drinking water and sanitation on a sustainable basis by 2015 by improving the capacity of the United States Government to fully implement the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005.
This website has a great list of all of the upcoming water conferences taking place throughout the world on a month by month basis.
If the link above doesn’t work, then please use this one.