Postel to Give Talk at SWOSU About Running Out of Fresh Water


Sandra Postel

Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and the Center for the Environment at Mount Holyoke College, will give a free public lecture this Thursday, February 26, at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

Postel, who will be on the SWOSU campus teaching an Oklahoma Scholar Leadership Enrichment Program, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center Ballroom. A reception will follow. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.    

The title of her lecture is "Dividing the Waters: Strategies for a Warming, Water-Stressed World."  

Major rivers are running dry, water tables are falling, and persistent droughts are spreading to more regions, according to Postel.  There is mounting competition for fresh water.  Postel says a new global approach to water use and management is urgently needed.  At the core is the protection of ecological infrastructure, dramatic improvements in water productivity and more equitable sharing of Earth's most precious asset.

A leading authority and prolific author on international water issues, Postel explores the creation of a more environmentally secure world in which all people and living things may thrive. She is author of Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? and of Last Oasis: Facing Water ScarcityLast Oasis, which appears in eight languages and was the basis for a 1997 PBS documentary, was chosen by Choice magazine as a1993 Outstanding Academic Book. 

She is also co-author (with Brian Richter) of Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature (Island Press 2003), which calls for new approaches to harmonizing human and ecosystem needs for fresh water.  In 2005, the Worldwatch Institute released her publication Liquid Assets: The Critical Need to Safeguard Freshwater Ecosystems.

Postel will be on the SWOSU campus as part of OSLEP, which is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

For additional information and accommodations on the basis of disability, call Dr. Peter Grant at 580.774.3294 or email