Issues and Experts
Water insecurity an ongoing crisis: SFU Experts on World Water Day
Water is an essential human right according to the United Nations. Yet roughly one in 10 people live without basic access to clean water, while threats of rising populations and industry, climate change and natural disasters continue.
World Water Day (March 22) looks to raise awareness of the global water crisis and highlight the basic need for safe, clean water, especially in the most water-poor communities. The U.N’s world water development report on ‘Valuing Water’ will also be released. The following SFU experts are available to speak to World Water Day and issues affecting the water crisis.
Available SFU Experts
Zafar Adeel, executive director, Pacific Water Research Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org
Topic: How water security exacerbates vulnerabilities to pandemics and other global threats; how we can prepare for future pandemics by ensuring everyone has access to safe water
Joanna Ashworth, director of professionals programs and partnerships, Faculty of Environment, email@example.com
Topic: Use of rain gardens as part of community infrastructure; empowering communities to address the impact of flooding on ecosystems; green infrastructure
Jesse Hahm, assistant professor, geography, firstname.lastname@example.org
Topic: Impacts of droughts, ecohydrology, bedrock water storage, plant water uptake dynamics
Deborah Hartford, executive director of ACT (Adaptation to Climate Change Team), email@example.com
Topic: Insight into ways climate change can impact biodiversity; climate change and nature-based solutions
MELISSA SHAW, SFU Communications & Marketing
236.880.3297 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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