How You Can Help Fix the Global Water Crisis

Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and former National Geographic Society Freshwater Fellow, demystifies humanity’s obsession with water in her new book Replenish. When National Geographic caught up with her in New Mexico, she explained how people are coming up with innovative ways to conserve water before we run dry.

Author Judith Schwartz Examines Water Management

For Judith Schwartz’s most recent project, Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World, Schwartz delves into the little-known role the water cycle plays in planetary health, which she illustrates with vivid, empowering stories from around the world. While we might not be able to change the rate of precipitation, as land managers we can directly affect the speed that water flows off our land and the amount of water that the soil is able to absorb. Trees and other vegetation are more than passive bystanders at the mercy of temperature extremes — they can also be powerful influences in regulating the climate.

Sustainable Agriculture, Better-managed Water Supplies, Vital to Tackling Water-food Nexus – Un

Highlighting the need for intensification of sustainable agriculture, Mr. Steduto called for improving efficiency in the use of resources; protecting and conserving natural resources; having a people-centred approach and protecting rural livelihoods; strengthening resilience of people, community and ecosystems, particularly to climate change; and ensuring good governance to safeguard sustainability for natural and human systems.

Applying the Circular Economy Lens to Water

Moving to a circular economy of water is about synchronising with and then optimising natural water cycles rather than a shifting to new paradigm. Nature already circulates water effectively and has processes that regulate flow, maintain high quality and insure against drought. By using nature as a mentor and applying circular economy principles such as systems thinking, closed loop systems and retention of value, it should be possible to avert the water crisis that many predict and secure an abundant, resilient and regenerative water future for all.

Water In Plain Sight

Author: Judith D. Schwartz | Published: December 7, 2016 
We often think of water as a “noun”, as something bounded by place. After researching and writing a book on water, however, I’ve come to regard water as a “verb”. Water is always in motion. It expands in volume or retrenches; it retains or releases energy. It changes state, moving from gas to liquid to solid and back again, in an ongoing dialogue with land and sun.