Panel Discussion: Our Water Futures

August 20, 2008 - 11:00pm to August 21, 2008 - 1:00am
The Development Studies Club from the University of Calgary in Partnership with the Arusha Centre will be hosting a free panel discussion entitled Our Water Futures, on the evening of August 20th, at the Old Y building located at 223 - 12 Ave SW. Come join us from 5:00-7:00pm for this interactive event to share your knowledge, concerns, visions, and initiatives on water and food production in Alberta.

Calgarians need to break free of the comfortable assumption that we will always have an easily accessible and plentiful water supply. In Alberta in particular, proposals to allow fresh river water to be sold for non-agricultural uses in unregulated markets are threatening the province’s already strained water supply.

The Geological Survey of Canada has predicted a water shortage in Calgary in ten to fifteen years, attributable to the changing climate and economic boom. With this in mind, the capacity for food production in Alberta is being threatened. Water has become a global issue for billions of people across the globe. The important linkage between water and food production is now becoming very apparent.

Climate change, international market conditions, and access to farm inputs are all cited as factors that will help exacerbate the overall decline in food production that we have witnessed. Yet, we must ask what happens when water is taken out of this equation. As Rob Baerg, a local irrigation farmer in Rosemary, Alberta told me, “I can cut down on fertilizer and my other inputs, but if I don’t have water... I don’t have crop”.

At this event, panelists include Abe Janzen, Executive Director of Mennonite Central Committee, Rob Baerg, an irrigation Farmer from Rosemary Alberta, and members of the Development Studies Club.

Contact: Philip McCutcheon, 403.923.8002 or [email protected] for more info.


Old Y Building
223 12 Avenue SW
Calgary , AB