We need to use our society’s inheritance to do good

Dry land near Manatuto. Timor-Leste.By 2025 it is expected that 1.8 billion people will be living in countries with absolute water scarcity, with 3.4 billion people living in countries defined as water-scare. Water scarcity can lead to both drought and desertification as well as instigating conflict in communities and between countries. Sunday 22 March is World Water Day, a day to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Photo by Martine Perret/UNMIT. 20 march 2009.

Hadi Dowlatabadi, the Canada Research Chair in applied mathematics and integrated study of global change at UBC’s institute for resources, environment and sustainability, wrote an op-ed for the Vancouver Sun.