Today is World Water Day, which is observed as part of the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.
Although about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, only 0.001 percent of that is available for human consumption. 70 percent of our water is used in agriculture, and as water supplies face mounting pressures from a growing population, climate change, and an already troubled food system, critical action on water security has become necessary.
For more on the state of our local water, plan to attend the discussion on Tuesday, March 26th at the Leon County Main Library. A panel of local water experts will present on where our water comes from, its vulnerability to pollution and depletion and the status of efforts to protect it. There will be a question and answer session following. Speakers include Harley Means, Florida Geological Survey, Hal Davis, US Geological Survey (retired) and Dan Penniongton, 1000 Friends of Florida. The conversation begins at 6:30 PM in the program room. The event is free and sponsored by Sustainable Tallahassee.
p.s. note for the day: there is not enough water to frack our way to energy independence.
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