Soundings on the Schuylkill
Evening Programs at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center launched Schuylkill Soundings, a new series of evening programs. March featured a number of fascinating programs, three remarkable speakers, wine, cheese and, of course, ice water. Topics ranged from the ice on earth to ice in space, from the molecular to the cosmic. And this is just the beginning of what the FWWIC hopes will evolve into a fascinating series of entertaining and informative adult programming.Ice: The Nature, the History,
and the Uses of an Astonishing Substance
On March 8, Mariana Gosnell, a self-described pagofile, or ice lover, shared her passion for hard water. She is the author of Ice: The Nature, the History, and the Uses of an Astonishing Substance. Her book looks at ice, that primordial, life-enabling substance, from above and below, on all continents and from many scientific perspectives. As one astronomer told the author, “No ice, no us.” The discussion ranged from differences between river and lake ice to a heated debate on global warming.
Joining Mariana on the panel were:
At Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, World Water Day evolved into a three-day forum on the world’s drinking water.
On March 21, the eve of World Water Day, Gillian Martin Sorensen, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Foundation, briefed the audience on the correlation between water and poverty. She also described the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, focusing on MDG Goal #7: By 2015 reduce by half the proportion of people without access to sanitation and safe drinking water. Today, 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and 2.4 billion have inadequate sanitation. The event was co-sponsored by the United Nations Association - Greater Philadelphia Chapter.
Philadelphia has been recognized as a Local Action by the 4th World Water Forum for its World Water Day activities in a partnership between the United Nations Association – Greater Philadelphia Chapter and the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center. These Local Actions will contribute to building the capacity of participants to address water issues. All Local Actions will be registered on the 4th Forum’s Indigenous Issue website and linked to our website.
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