Archive for May, 2009
Peter Gleick is the president and co-founder of the Pacific Insitute. The Pacific Institute is “a nonpartisan research institute that works to advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity” and publishes the biennial status-report “The World’s Water“. Peter Gleick just started his blog with the intention to share his “thoughts about the water challenges facing California, the West, and our world”. As an engineer, I think his approach is interesting, because he tries to “explore the threats and challenges to our freshwater resources [...] also by way of numbers”. The first number he discusses is this one:
Water Number: There are around 1 billion people without access to improved, safe, or affordable drinking water.
he proceeds by stating that he chose this number, because he believes
this to be our greatest failure as a civilization–the failure to provide safe drinking water to every person on the planet–and because I believe reducing this number to zero is not only critical, but achievable.
Peter Gleick’s blog is part of a whole series of blogs called “City Brights“, hosted by the San Francisco Chronicle, where cool people of San Francisco share their thoughts. What a great idea!