Water: Precious, Precarious, Problematic, Perplexing, Promising
Join us on World Water Day for lunch and a presentation from Dr. Dave Van Wylen of Hope College. Water is essential for life, yet humans have put this precious resource in a precarious state in the world. This raises a myriad of international, domestic, and local problems. Americans treat water in perplexing ways, mostly based on our perceptions that water is (or should be) abundant, accessible, and affordable. At the turn of the century, then UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali said, "Water will be more important than oil this century." We are slowly waking up to this reality, responding in many cases in a manner that provides promise that we are rising to meet the challenge.
Dave Van Wylen is a physiologist by training. He developed an interest in water after leading a group of students on a study abroad semester in the Middle East.