Fresh Water in the 21st Century with Peter Gleick and Gil Garcetti. This event is part of the Commonwealth Club's Cool, Clear Water series.
Fresh water has been described as "the oil of the 21st century." Come hear Gleick, one of the world's leading experts on freshwater, share with us what's in store for this precious resource, including his ideas for moving to sustainable management and use of water. Master photographer Garcetti will display some of his striking images of the human dimensions of the water crisis in West Africa, especially for women and children who struggle to provide it for their families. This will be the first public showing of Garcetti's powerful photographs from Mali, Ghana, Niger, and Burkina Faso- The Commonwealth Club of California
Gilbert "Gil" Garcetti served as Los Angeles County's 39th District Attorney for two terms, from 1992 until November 7, 2000.
Gil Garcetti received a bachelor's degree in Management from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Before becoming District Attorney, Garcetti served within the office for over twenty years, from trial prosecutor to managerial positions and eventually becoming chief deputy district attorney for his predecessor, Ira Reiner (District Attorney from 1984 - 1992). Reiner decided not to run for a third term, and Garcetti won the 1992 election.
Garcetti has always been an avid urban photographer. During his time as District Attorney he would carry a small camera with him at all times. After leaving the DA's office, Garcetti focused on art photography, initially producing two collections on the Walt Disney Concert Hall: Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall, focusing on the iron workers who constructed the landmark, and Frozen Music, focusing on the finished building itself. Photos from these works were featured in an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. and at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. His most recent exhibition, Dance in Cuba: Photographs by Gil Garcetti, was featured at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History in Spring 2006.
Peter H. Gleick is co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California. Dr. Gleick is an internationally recognized water expert and in 2003 was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for his science and policy work on water issues worldwide. In 2006 he was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences. His research and writing address the critical connections between water and human health, the human right to water, the hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, privatization and globalization and international conflicts over water resources.
He serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations and was elected an Academician of the International Water Academy in Oslo, Norway in 1999. Dr. Gleick is the author of many scientific papers and five books, including the biennial water report The World's Water.