As part of the Leonardo’s exhibit “Water: Nature’s Driving Force,” Soren Simonsen, director of urban planning and community development, spoke about “the Pressures and Politics of Water Scarcity” on Jan. 12, 2013 at the Leonardo.
“We’re using water faster than it is being replenished,” says Simonsen. “Unlike fossil fuels, there is no alternative.”
According to Simonsen, we need to find more practical ways to use water and live within our limits. Understanding the limits of our natural resources, changing personal habits and calling others to be mindful of their water usage are just a part of the solution.
“Nevada, Arizona and Utah use more water per person than any place else in the country,” says Simonsen.
Xeriscaping and low flow showerheads and faucets can also help toward conserving water.
Because shale oil, tar sands and nuclear energy are water intensive ways of creating energy, investing in the development of renewable energy is also a step toward preserving our water supply for the future.
“War is not a solution to meeting our energy needs,” says Simonsen. Neither will it be for our water problems.
“Water: Nature’s Driving Force” closes Jan. 13, 2013.
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