A panel of experts detail the worldwide water crisis and its effects on health. Innovative solutions do exist if there is the will to adopt them.
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.
Jason Mark is the Editor for Earth Island Journal.
Jake Norton's life has revolved around the mountains. His first real climb- Mount Rainier - in 1986 when he was 12, taught Jake that the mountains were his calling. Since then, he has worked as a professional mountain guide and photographer, taking clients up peaks around the world and creating images for top publications.
Jake's expeditions have taken him to the summits of five of the Seven Summits (Everest, Aconcagua, McKinley, Kilimanjaro, and Vinson). Additionally, he has led or co-led expeditions to Cho Oyu, Gurla Mandhata, Nevado Huascaran, and countless other peaks across the globe. Jake helped discover the remains of George Mallory on Everest in 1999, and returned to Everest in 2001 and 2004 to search for additional answers to the mystery of Mallory and Irvine.
Jake is a 1996 graduate of the Colorado College, where he majored in History & Philosophy with a South Asian emphasis. He was a founding board member of Porter's Progress, and serves on the Board for the American Mountaineering Museum and the International Advisory Committee for The Mountain Institute.
For years, Jake has wanted to leverage the inherent drama and visibility of climbing mountains to benefit a far wider audience than simply climbers. That idea is the genesis of Challenge21, and represents an exciting new chapter in Jake's life.
Jake is an athlete and photographer for First Ascent by Eddie Bauer. He lives in Golden, Colorado, with his wife, Wende Valentine, and their two children.
Professional Surfer; Founder, Waves for Water.
Evan A. Thomas, Ph.D., P.E., is an Assistant Professor and Director of the SWEET Lab, and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. The SWEET Lab is focused on increasing accountability in global development through in-situ, remotely reporting instrumentation installed on appropriate technology and public health programs. Evan is also a social enterprise executive as the founding Executive Vice President of Manna Energy Limited, the Program Director for DelAgua Health, and co-founder of SWEETSense Inc.
Prior to joining PSU, Evan worked as a civil servant at the NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas for six years. At NASA, Evan was a principal investigator and project manager in the Life Support and Habitability Systems Branch working on concepts for sustainable Moon and Mars spacecraft. Evan holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a registered P.E. in Environmental Engineering in the State of Texas.
Dr. Peter Gleick, President and Co-Founder of the Pacific Institute, speaks to the challenge of overcoming the "ick" factor when promoting water recycling technologies. "The 'ick' factor is an education problem," argues Gleick. "Mother Nature naturally recycles water."