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Global fresh water crises to be discussed in Westchester County

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Around the world, water has become known as the “blue gold.” The increasing demand for fresh water, the source of human survival, and its lack of availability for tens of millions of people are raising concerns that future world conflicts could arise over dwindling water supplies.

Christiana Z. Peppard, Ph.D., will speak about "Just Water: Making Water Visible in Theology and Ethics" on Sunday, May 18, at 2:30 p.m. as part of the spring Maryknoll Speakers Series. Referencing her recently published book, Just Water, Dr. Peppard will explore major aspects of the global fresh water crisis, identify key resources within Catholic Social Teaching for considering these global quandaries, and explore the opportunities and challenges in terms of personal and structural action to ameliorate the worst of fresh water's unevenly distributed burdens.

Dr. Peppard’s presentation will be held at the Maryknoll Mission Center at 55 Ryder Road in Ossining (Westchester County, New York). Presented by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the series is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested and can be made by email (MaryknollSpeakersSeries@maryknoll.org), or by calling 914-941-7636 extension 2445. Additional information and directions can be found online.

Fresh Water Ethics Expertise

Christiana Z. Peppard is a fresh water ethics expert. Her work serves as an interface between science and society. Dr. Peppard received her bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Yale University. She is assistant professor of theology, science and ethics at Fordham University in New York City. Dr. Peppard’s book, Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis, is published by Orbis Books, the book division of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

Dr. Peppard’s work on water, science and ethics in the 21st century has been featured on TED-Ed, the History Channel, MSNBC, the New York Academy of Sciences and CNN.com. She teaches courses at Fordham University to undergraduate and graduate students on topics such as “Human Nature After Darwin,” “Ecological Ethics” and “Theology and Contemporary Science.”

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