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Friday, October 25: Global Water Challenges, Issues and Solutions, with Dr. Peter Gleick.

GleickHeader2Dr. Peter Gleick is renowned the world over as a leading expert, innovator, and communicator on water and climate issues. He co-founded and leads the Pacific Institute in Oakland, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012 as one of the most innovative, independent non-governmental organizations in the fields of water and economic and environmental justice and sustainability.

Dr. Gleick’s work has redefined water from the realm of engineers to the world of social justice, sustainability, human rights, and integrated thinking. His influence on the field of water has been long and deep: he developed the first analysis of climate change impacts on water resources, the earliest comprehensive work on water and conflict, and defined basic human needs for water and the human right to water – work that has been used by the UN and in human rights court cases. He pioneered the concept of the “soft path for water,” developed the idea of “peak water,” and has written about the need for a “local water movement.”

Peter Gleick received the prestigious MacArthur “genius” Fellowship and was named “a visionary on the environment” by the BBC. He was elected both an Academician of the International Water Academy, in Oslo, Norway and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Wired Magazine featured Dr. Gleick as “one of 15 people the next President should listen to.” He received his B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Gleick serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations, and is the author of many scientific papers and nine books, including the influential series The World’s Water and Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water, as well as the newly released A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy.

Please join us on Friday, October 25, as Dr. Gleick presents his views on Global Water Challenges, Issues and Solutions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Van Pelt Auditorium. This lecture will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Following the lecture, there will be a reception for Dr. Gleick at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tickets for both events may be purchased at

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