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2010: Water

Date: Feb 26, 2010
Time: All day conference
Venue: Behrakis Hall Grand Hall , Creese Student's center, 32nd and Chestnut Street.

Most of us don't think about water; we turn on a tap and clean water flows readily. Yet for millions of people, water is a constant concern: Will the taps run? Will there be enough water? Will it be clean? Access to water is a global problem which affects essential areas such as health, the food supply, education and the development of local communities.

Water is the source of life. Without clean water people get sick, children miss school, and the cycle of poverty is perpetuated. Millions die prematurely from water-related diseases. As water scarcity becomes more acute, the global water crisis could lead to violent conflicts. The complexity and gravity of this issue makes it a major challenge facing humanity. Let us take a look at this serious challenge from all perspectives – social, economic, scientific, political as well as cultural.