Speaker Cynthia Barnett "Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for America"


Department of Natural Sciences Colloquium

Friday, December 7, 2012

1500 SSB   3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Refreshments at 2:30 p.m.

Books will be available for purchase.


Ms. Cynthia Barnett


Title: Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for America

Americans see water as abundant and cheap: We turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon. We use more water than any other culture in the world, much to quench what’s now our largest crop – the lawn. Yet most Americans cannot name the river or aquifer that flows to our taps, irrigates our food and produces our electricity. And most don’t realize their freshwater sources are in trouble. In her talk Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for America award-winning journalist Cynthia Barnett describes an illusion of water abundance that has encouraged everyone, from homeowners to farmers to utilities, to tap more and more. She proposes the most important part of the solution is also the simplest and least expensive: a shared water ethic among citizens, government and major water users.