Presentation Explores Difficulties in Water Conservation

Abilene Public Library, 209 NW 4th, will host “Water: Why Is It so Difficult to Conserve?,” a presentation and discussion by Matthew Sanderson on Saturday, July 8th at 10:00 am.  This program is free and open to the public. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Water is the most precious natural resource, but despite its value, freshwater consumption is not sustainable in many areas around the world, including Kansas. This presentation will ask why it is so difficult to conserve water and will look at the role culture plays when we consider “the water problem.”

Matthew Sanderson is an associate professor of sociology at Kansas State University and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide. He is a fifth-generation Kansan and a “Kansan by choice.”

“Water has been labeled a ‘crisis’ for over 40 years in Kansas, “ said Sanderson. “For such a crisis to exist for so long, despite so many attempts to address it, suggests that our problem with water is deeper than our efforts to address it through more superficial means.”

“Water: Why Is It so Difficult to Conserve?” is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Water/Ways Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that focus on the numerous relationships between people and water—how it shapes our history and traditions and impacts our daily life.


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