There could be an international war over water in our future.
Don Belt, current contributing writer for and former senior foreign editor of National Geographic magazine, gives that warning not in an ominous, threatening way, but from the perspective of a man who has spent more than 30 years experiencing international life in more than 65 countries through the lens of ordinary people.
“Conflicts over water are historic. They’re long-standing,” Belt said. “But climate change has made it even more imperative that we figure out ways to resolve these problems before they erupt into some sort of war.”
Belt will present on those water conflicts — specifically conflicts in Bangladesh, Iraq and along the Jordan River — at 10:45 a.m. Friday in the Amphitheater. He is the capstone lecturer on National Geographic’s week: “Water Matters.”