Ideas Worth Sharing

July 13, 2010 by  
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If you have never watched or listen to a TED talk (www.TED.org) please go to their site now.  The greatest thinkers, innovators, entertainers, scientists, and writers have given brilliant and passionate talks about their area of expertise.  TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading.

Bruno Giussani, TED’s European director has said the following about their TED Global conference taking place right now in Oxford:

“Someone has written, in presenting the conference, that good news is a species that is becoming extinct. If you look at any newspaper … we are bombarded by bad news, but if you dig, if you look under the surface and search, you will find a lot of new technology, new science, new art, new ways of thinking, politically, socially, philosophically that may give you, when you string them all together, a more optimistic view of the future.” Read more

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Clean Water

August 4, 2009 by  
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I remember years ago talking to a friend about all the different ailments and catastrophes that could affect the world and human kind in the years to come.  No, we were not having a doom and gloom conversation but rather a “what can we do” conversation.  In any case, that was when my friend said the biggest issue we would have in the near future was lack of clean water.  I confess I had not heard anything about it until my friend brought it up.  “How can we run out of water with vast oceans, and rains?” I asked him.  Rather than try to recall his answer let me share some statistics.

Half the world’s population could face a shortage of clean water by 2080 because of climate change, experts warned.

U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that as many as 2 billion people won’t have sufficient access to clean water by 2050. That figure is expected to rise to 3.2 billion by 2080 – nearly tripling the number who now do without it.

“Climate change will be felt first and foremost through water, whether it be drought, floods, storms, ice melting or sea-level rise,” Mark Smith, head of IUCN’s (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Water Program, said in a release.

Smith said the world needs systems for governing water “based on a balance of policy, good water law and participatory institutions.”

Due to our great disregard and lack of love to others and our environment, we as a species are dealing with a great number of issues. While we can all do our part by using less water in our homes, we should as a society talk about it and force the powers that be to take action.

One of the people that are doing just that is Pritchard.  Watch this video and see the brilliancy of this man.

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