Institute for Sustainability to host lectures about water conservation

Crystal Chwierut

CSUN’s Institute for Sustainability will be hosting its annual Water Day event on Wednesday as part of World Water Day.

The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the USU. It will be split up into four sessions with different presenters and topics for each session all pertaining to water and the environment.

Sarah Johnson, administrative coordinator for Institute of Sustainability said that Water Day’s main purpose is “to bring awareness to important water related issues.” She said that by engaging students to think critically about water issues, they will be more motivated to make changes.

The first session will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. with John Quigley, an international artist and tree sitter. Quigley will talk about how to use art to make worldwide changes. He is known for making aerial art around the world.

From 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Amalie Orme, professor from the geography department will enlighten the audience on the state of California’s water. Clips from the documentary “Cadillac Desert: Mulholland’s Dream” will also be shown. The documentary ”tells the incredible story of how the hunt for and the exploitation of water brought the city of Los Angeles to life and, literally, life to Los Angeles,” according to the PBS website. This was also the inspiration for the 1974 Jack Nicolson film “Chinatown.”

The third session will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and will feature the Associated Students Environmental Affairs Committee will discuss how to decrease the usage of plastic water bottles. The Thirst Project will also be present to discuss the water situation in developing countries.

The final session from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. will be a documentary based on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. There will also be a panel discussion about energy, climate change and water.

The event is free and open to the public.