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Monday, October 19, 2015 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
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Community Hall 105, Student Organization Center at Hilles, 59 Shepard Street, Cambridge

Green Exchange: “Let’s Talk About Water”

The Harvard Extension Environmental Club, in partnership with Boston nonprofit Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, presents "Let's Talk About Water", featuring international guest speakers:

Michal Kravčík, internationally recognized Slovak water scientist, ASHOKA fellow, and co-author of A New Water Paradigm: Water for the Recovery of the Climate, which emphasizes hydrologic cycles in addressing climate change. He is also a founding member and chairman of Slovakia’s NGO People and Water.  In 1999, Kravčík was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his contributions to the water management of the Torysa River after galvanizing support to halt a dam planned during the Communist era by proposing effective democratic alternatives, including smaller dams, decentralized water management, and restored farmlands. Kravčík and People and Water have continued to work toward integrated river basin management in the region via the sustainable development programs “Villages for the Third Millennium”, “Water for the Third Millenium” and “Blue Alternative”.  

Walter Jehne, a leading Australian soil and climate scientist and Director of Healthy Soils Australia. He has extensive experience in industry and has worked overseas with Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, focusing on the microbial ecology of soil regeneration, the availability and cycling of nutrients, and how these govern the health, productivity, and resilience of biosystems. Walter is very interested in catalyzing urgent regional action by local communities and land managers to practically and profitably create on-farm microclimates to offset warming and restore rainfalls and to draw down carbon from past emissions safely into our soils and ensure opportunities and stability for all.

Precious Phiri, the Founding Director of EarthWisdom Consulting Company.  She was formerly a Senior Facilitator at the Africa Center for Holistic Management (ACHM) in Zimbabwe where she directed training for villages in the Hwange Communal Lands region that are implementing restorative grazing programs using Holistic Land and Livestock Management.  She helps rural communities in Africa to reduce poverty, rebuild soils, and restore food and water security. This nature-based solution has been successfully used on different landscapes in Africa and the Americas. Precious was born and raised in one of the communities now implementing restorative grazing.

Tickets for Harvard students, faculty and staff are FREE and just $5 for members of the general public.
RSVP required at: www.tinyurl.com/lets-talk-water.

NOTE: These speakers will also be presenting, along with many others, at Biodiversity for a Livable Climate’s Restoring Water Cycles to Reverse Global Warming conference October 16th-18th at Tufts University. Student tickets are only $15 - don’t miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary event! Register at www.tinyurl.com/restoring-water-cycles

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