Kennesaw State’s “The Big Thirst”to examine the issue of water scarcity

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Great Debate will present economic, political and environmental perspectives of dwindling…

Georgia (Oct 1, 2014)Great Debate will present economic, political and environmental perspectives of dwindling resource

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Oct. 1, 2014) The global stewardship of the increasingly scarce resource of water will be the topic of a panel discussion titled “The Big Thirst: Water in the Age of Scarcity,” presented Oct. 9 as part of Kennesaw State University’s Founders Day and Homecoming 2014 events. It is the second in a series Great Debate forums hosted by the University to bring attention to some of today’s critical issues.

A panel of Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University scholars in environmental science, economics, and political science will offer discipline-specific analysis of water shortage and related sustainability issues. The forum will be held in the Student Center University Room from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

“The aim is to explore how different disciplines bring different ways of thinking and conceptual frameworks to analyzing a complex issue such as water shortage,” said Tom Keene, executive assistant for special initiatives and professor emeritus of history.

·       Members of the panel include:

·       Julie R. Newell, Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at SPSU and panel moderator.

·       Andrew Pieper, associate professor of political science, KSU

·       Michael Patrono, senior lecturer in economics, KSU

·       Matthew Laposata, professor of environmental science, KSU

Keene noted that each of the panelists has identified a reading introducing concepts and perspectives derived from their disciplines for students and instructors in Kennesaw State’s general education classes to review prior to the forum. They introduce theories and concepts ranging from “tragedy of the commons,” collective action, externalities, cost-benefit analysis, ecosystems and human population growth.

“We’re hoping to have an intelligent discussion before an informed and thoughtful audience concerned about the scarcity of water on our planet and how we’re going to act more responsibly to sustain it.”

According to the center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., global water supplies are facing “unprecedented’ and “unsustainable” demands as a result of growing populations, climate change, shifting land use patterns and a modernizing world.  The Center noted that water use increased at double the population growth during the 20th century, and estimates that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in regions with absolute water scarcity.

Click on the link for a complete schedule of Kennesaw State Univesity Founders Day and Homecoming 2014 events and activities.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.


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