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Critical Issue Forum - "Water: Scarcity or Abundance?" (2010)

2010 Critical Issue Forum: Presentation Archive

Calvin College has been focusing attention on the many aspects of water during 2009–2010. Water is essential to life, and clean water is a critical issue in all parts of the world: Sub-Sahara Africa faces water shortages while other regions boast of abundance, and there’s growing awareness of the importance of fresh water as a resource for the social and economic vitality of our own Great Lakes region.

Particular focus was drawn to the critical issue of water during a two-day forum at Calvin on February 3-4, 2010. Events included on-campus speakers, films, residence hall activities (see the Kill-a-Watt program website), and community events in Grand Rapids.

Below is a list of topics covered during the forum, along with copies of the presentation where available. [Note: Click on the speaker's name to view her or his respective presentation. Click on the (parenthetical link) to learn more about the speakers.]


“Water Issues as experienced during Interim 2010: Belize, Cambodia, Costa Rica”

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Managing Water in an Urban Setting

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“Caring for our local Watershed—Plaster Creek”

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“Water and Personal Choices for Sustainability”

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“Challenges to Great Lakes Ecology: What’s the fuss about Asian Carp and other exotic creatures?"

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“Food, Fiber and Water”

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“Role of Water in Different Faiths”

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“Impacts of Climate Change on Water:  More Developed Countries and Less Developed Countries”

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“Making Water Accessible: Calvin Engineering Senior Design Projects”

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“Using Water on Campus”

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“Water, Health, and Development”

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