A field of flowers on Mike Boyd's farm  in Mississippi.
Field of flowers A field of flowers on Mike Boyd's farm in Mississippi. © Carlton Ward Jr.

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Conservation Conversations with Sandra Postel

New Mexico

Water is essential for life on Earth, but after centuries of disrupting the natural water cycle in an effort to control water for our own prosperity, we have reached a tipping point. Major rivers are running dry, groundwater is being depleted and freshwater life is disappearing. How can we can fix this broken water cycle? Freshwater expert Sandra Postel offers promising solutions in an upcoming lecture presented by The Nature Conservancy.

Sandra Postel is director of the Global Water Policy Project and author of Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. She is also co-creator of “Change the Course”, the national water stewardship initiative that was awarded the 2017 US Water Prize for restoring billions of gallons of water to depleted rivers and wetlands. From 2009-2015, she served as Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society. Postel is author of Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? and of Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity, the basis for a PBS documentary. Her work has appeared in Science, Natural History, and Best American Science and Nature Writing.

Postel’s lecture will focus on how to apply human ingenuity to work with nature rather than against it. The event is presented by The Nature Conservancy, Taos Ski Valley Foundation and the Harwood Museum of Art.