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EXPERTS ON GLOBAL WATER CRISIS TO SPEAK IN HOUSTON
February 12, 2004

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EXPERTS ON GLOBAL WATER CRISIS TO SPEAK IN HOUSTON


HOUSTON, 12 Jan 04 - FotoFest 2004 announced today that a major Forum on water will be held in Houston, April 1-4, 2004, at Rice University. Held in cooperation with Rice University’s Center for the Study of Environment and Society, the Environmental & Energy Systems Institute, and the Shell Center for Sustainable Development, the event will draw water experts from around the world to discuss the growing global water crisis. The Forum will be held during FotoFest’s Biennial celebrating water, March 12-April 12.
FotoFest is the nation’s largest, international photo festival, now in its twentieth year. The four-week, city-wide event will host exhibitions in over 100 public spaces in Houston, and include film and video screenings on water, a workshop, portfolio reviews for artists and a fine print auction. Over 200,000 people are expected to attend.
Global Forum on Water: Bringing Together Art & Science, will consummate weeks of events in Houston, bringing together experts on science, technology, art, the environment and public policy.
“We chose water as the theme for FotoFest 2004,” says Chairman and Co-founder Fred Baldwin, “because clean, accessible, fresh water is the ‘oil’ of the new century.” Dubbed in her book as Blue Gold by author Maude Barlow, who will speak at the forum, water is now more expensive than oil, gallon for gallon.
“Freshwater is much more than a strategic resource such as oil or uranium,” says Sandra Postel, Forum speaker and director of the Global Water Policy Project in Amherst, Massachusetts, “it is a fundamental life support.” Postel adds, “By 2025 some three billion people will live in places classified as water-stressed.”

Related websites: www.fotofest.org, www.ruf.rice.edu/~cses/water.html


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