It All Flows Downstream: Following Our Oil and Water Footprints

July 15, 2009

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In the U.S., we use an average of 400 liters of water a day per person. In India, the average is 4 liters. As we consider our carbon footprints, perhaps we should also consider our oil and water footprints. What do we know about how much of these resources we use? Who ultimately bears the cost of our consumption of these resources?

Listen in as the Illinois Humanities Council continues its year-long examination of the historical and ethical perspectives on our consumption of oil and water. 

Panelists include:
* Debra Shore - Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (moderator)
* Rev. Clare Butterfield, D.Min. - Executive Director, Faith in Place
* Martin V. Melosi, Ph.D. - Distinguished University Professor of History and Director of the Center for Public History, University of Houston

Presented in colllaboration with the Field Museum in conjunction with their exhibit, Water, on display through September 20, 2009.

 

Recorded Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at The Field Museum.