This week’s edition of On the Fly features Peter Gleick, recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security. His most recent book, Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water, addresses the rising popularity of bottled water and how this practice has changed our environment. Gleick argues for changes in water management, to have public access to drinking water made easier and selling bottled water more difficult. “Water affects everything we care about,” Gleick says. “It’s connected to the health of humans. It’s connected to the health of the ecosystem. It’s connected to international security and conflict. It’s connected to the need to grow food and the enormous agricultural industry around the world.” Definitely something worth fighting for.
Peter Gleick is an internationally recognized water expert and co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California. His work addresses the critical connections between water and human health, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization and international conflicts over water resources. He’s the recipient of the MacArthur “genius” award and has been dubbed a “visionary on the environment” by the BBC. His latest book is Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water.
Mark Dowie is an editor-at-large at Guernica, an investigative historian and the author of seven books, including Losing Ground: American Environmentalism at the Close of the Twentieth Century, American Foundations: An Investigative History, and, most recently, Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict between Global Conservation and Native Peoples. During his thirty-five years in journalism Dowie has won nineteen journalism awards and been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.