Americans (and Floridians) see water as abundant and cheap: Turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon. Americans use more water than any other culture in the world, much to quench what’s now the largest crop—the lawn. Yet most Americans cannot name the river or aquifer that flows to their taps, irrigates their food and produces their electricity. And most don’t realize their freshwater sources are in trouble.
Santa Fe College is hosting award-winning author and water expert Cynthia Barnett at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 in WA-108 (the Health Sciences Annex building) at the Northest Campus, 3000 NW 83rd St.
In her talk, “Blue Revolution: A Water Ethic for America & Florida,” Barnett will describe an illusion of water abundance that has encouraged everyone, from homeowners to farmers to utilities, to tap more and more. She proposes the most important part of the solution is also the simplest and least expensive: a shared water ethic among citizens, government and major water users.
Barnett’s has received very positive reviews for her new book, “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis.”
Barnett is a Santa Fe College alumna (‘87) who credits English Professor Steve Lodle as being one of her earliest writing mentors. A long-time journalist, she has reported on freshwater issues from the Suwannee River to Singapore.The event is free and open to the general public.