Emerson Peace and Social Justice

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World Water Week – discussion panel April 23, 2011

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For World Water Week on Emerson campus – our latest event, a discussion panel!

Liquid Gold: The World Water Crisis
Wednesday, April 6
Charles Beard Room
10:00am – 12:00pm

The World Water Crisis is what experts label as the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century. The world’s supply of clean, fresh water is steadily decreasing yet demand is increasing. Considering issues of economic necessity and water rights, panelists from various disciplines will address questions of global distribution and the privatization of water. This dialogue is aimed at raising consciousness of the global debate and encouraging critical thinking about how our personal relationship with water affects others worldwide. This event is cosponsored by the Office of Service Learning and Community Action, the Office of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies and Earth Emerson.

Moderator: Binsen Gonzalez, Communication Studies Major ’11

Bill Weinberg is an award-winning 25-year veteran journalist in the fields of human rights, indigenous peoples, ecology and war. He is the author of Homage to Chiapas: The New Indigenous Struggles in Mexico (Verso Books, 2000), and War on the Land: Ecology and Politics in Central America (Zed Books, 1991). He is a producer at WBAI Radio in New York City and editor of the online journal World War 4 Report. He is currently at work on a book about indigenous and peasant movements in the Andean nations.

Kristin Urquiza is the campaign director for Corporate Accountability International’s “Think Outside the Bottle” campaign. The campaign works to promote, protect and ensure public funding for our public water systems and challenges the social and environmental impacts of bottled water through public education and grassroots action. Think Outside the Bottle has mobilized tens of thousands of individuals, hundreds of public officials, faith groups, restaurants, celebrities, and college campuses to support public systems by opting for tap over bottled water.

Nejem Raheem is an Assistant Professor in the Marketing Communication Department at Emerson. He brings with him 10 years of experience as an environmental economist and teacher. His work includes ecosystem service valuation projects in Labrador, Canada, north-western Alaska, and northern New Mexico. His expertise is in the economic analysis of natural resource and environmental issues, with a focus on common-pool, water, and marine resources in traditional or indigenous economies.

Sharmila Murthy leads the Right to Water Initiative at the Carr Center. Through research, publications, and dialogue among practitioners and academics, the Carr Center’s Right to Water Initiative uses a human rights framework to examine global inequalities in access to clean water and sanitation. By examining the scope and meaning of the human right to water under international and domestic law, the Right to Water Initiative endeavors to support the work of the independent expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Mirele Goldsmith is a consultant to non-profit organizations, environmental psychologist, educator and activist. At the City University of New York Graduate Center she studied human dimensions of environmental change, completing a PhD in environmental psychology. Her research explored grassroots citizen participation in New York City’s water policies. Mirele later went on to found Green Strides Consulting, allowing her to enable her clients to bring insights from psychology to their efforts in order to make changes that are good for them and for the environment.


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