This year the UN World Water Day, 22 March 2012, considers the link between Water and Food Security. The Young Water Professionals (YWP) and friends are considering hosting a conversation around the systems approach of how food and water interact. You would agree that we can’t really consider this link without simultaneously considering energy, and how cities function, and then how all of this is affected by climate change etc …, one needs to consider all these aspects together.
This is a complex matter for academics to discuss, and yet, the key to progress is to communicate these interlinking issues to the public in a way that empowers civic groups to see the bigger picture and take informed action (or plainly, inspires). It is in this context that we are hosting a conversation around water and food security. Water ties us all together. We are collaborating with bloggers to convert the discussion to the wider public, and will also interact through a global TED conversation that is already active.
The YWP and other Watery friends are partnering with TEDxCapeTown to potentially take thoughts arising from this conversation further as a multi-year action & outcome based social campaign, joining forces between academia, industry and the public, in the run up to Cape Town being World Design Capital in 2014.
The complete transcript of the conversation can be found here: