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Water expert speaks on sustainability at Phipps

Jennifer Greene of the Water Research Institute in Blue Hill, Maine, will present a lecture entitled "Water's Own Voice: Our Key for Re-envisioning the Future" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

This program, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by Philadelphia Community Farm in Osceola and the Freshwater Society, and is part of the ongoing What We Need is Here: Encouraging Sustainable Communities partnership project.

Through slides and film, Greene will give her perspective on acquiring a deeper and working consciousness of water and what makes it "good."

She has made presentations at the Second World Water Forum in The Hague in 2000, "Re-Cognizing the Sacred in Water Through Science."

Her call at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg (2002), that water itself must have "a voice" in policy making, became the framework of collaborative presentations for:

  • Kyoto World Water Forum (2003),
  • "Understanding Water Out of Its Phenomena: New Perspectives and Management Strategies"; and the
  • Fourth World Water Forum in Mexico City (2006), a full-day workshop under the aegis of the Smithsonian Institution: "Do We Need a Broader Science In Order To Understand Water More Fully."

    Under Greene's direction, the WRI works with the Drop Picture Method developed by Theodor Schwenk, and looks at subtle water movements as indicators of water quality. WRI operates in association with Schwenk's Institute for Flow Sciences in Germany to carry on research and present water phenomena workshops around the world.

    For more information, contact Anastasia Shartin, visual arts director at The Phipps Center, at (715) 386-2305, ext. 103.

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