Fresh Water Scarcity -- The Global Crisis of Our Time"Join the Conversation"

Belfast Free Library
106 High Street, Belfast, ME
Camden Conference
Nov 05, 2013
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Photo by: Courtesy of Camden Conference

Over the past the past 60 years, the fresh water available per person has decreased fourfold.  Of the water that is available, about 70% is already used for agriculture. Many rivers no longer flow all the way to the sea, half of the world's wetlands have disappeared, and major groundwater aquifers are being mined unsustainably, with water tables in some parts of the world declining by as much as one meter per year. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has described water as “the biggest environmental and political challenge of our time.”  Is he correct?


Join the conversation on Tuesday, November 5, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Belfast Free Library as part of the free discussion series offered in anticipation of the February 2014 Camden Conference – The Global Politics of Food and Water.


Like a book group, the discussions promote thoughtful, engaged dialogue, but with less required preparation.  For this topic, three short articles and one brief video can form the basis of your participation, with preparation time of under an hour.  There are optional additional articles and videos for those who wish to delve deeper into the subject.  A facilitator from the local community will be there to keep the discussion on track.


Please visit for a complete reading list. Alternatively, a reading copy of the essential articles will be available at the library circulation desk.


The 27th Annual Camden Conference will be held February 21 through 23, 2014. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world affairs through year-round community events, public and student engagement, and an annual weekend conference. For more information, visit, email, or call 207-236-1034.