The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is proud to annouce our 2016 WaterWorks speaker, Sandra Postel. Sandra, founder of the Global Water Policy Project, is recognized as one of the world’s most respected authorities on freshwater issues and is hailed for her “inspiring, innovative, and practical approach” to promoting the preservation and sustainable use of Earth’s freshwater. She is a Freshwater Fellow at National Geographic and co-creator of Change the Course, a national freshwater conservation and restoration campaign.
For more than 25 years, Postel has lectured, taught, and written prolifically on the impacts of climate change on water supplies and of dams on freshwater biodiversity to groundwater depletion, water wars, food security, and the critical importance of conservation and better management to solving the world’s water problems. She is the author of several classic books, including Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? and Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity.
The author of scores of articles for popular and scholarly publications—from Science and Ecological Applications to Foreign Policy and Natural History. She has served as a commentator on CNN’s “Future Watch,” addressed the European Parliament on environmental issues, and appeared on all major U.S. television networks and on National Public Radio, as well as in numerous documentaries, including the BBC’s Planet Earth and Leonardo DiCaprio’s The 11th Hour.
From 2000-2008, Postel was visiting senior lecturer in Environmental Studies at Mount Holyoke College and during the latter part of that term directed the college’s Center for the Environment. She has served as consultant to the Nature Conservancy, the World Bank, and the U.S. National Intelligence Council, among other organizations. From 1988 until 1994, she was vice president for research at the Worldwatch Institute. She is a fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and an advisor to American Rivers.
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