Jyoti Sharma, an environmentalist who, through the non-profit she founded – FORCE – has been working for creating Water Secure Communities, examined the critical challenge of managing Water resources effectively, equitably and sustainably. Her talk highlighted the crisis in fresh water availability that is not just threatening the lives, livelihoods, health and habitations of millions across the globe, but is also the cause of rising global conflict which will only get worse as climate change impacts increasingly make their present felt. She introduced the audience to the concept of ‘Water Use Embedding’ i.e. the water consumption that is hidden in products, services and activities. Using that concept, she illustrated, using visualizations created with support from S4 lab of Brown, how it links all countries of the world in a supply chain of virtual water and thereby makes the water crisis a global phenomenon – not merely one that is limited to the countries that have a visible scarcity of water.

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