Posts Tagged 'Don Belt'

Belt: Scarcity of water increases chances for military conflict

Belt: Scarcity of water increases chances for military conflict

Water is the key to survival, a resource that is in everyone’s best interest regardless of homeland or culture.

It could also become a future source of war.

Don Belt, a contributing writer for and former senior foreign editor of National Geographic magazine, spoke about the importance of cooperation at a time when water is becoming a scarce resource during Friday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater. He was the last speaker of Week Four, themed “Water Matters.”

Throughout his lecture, Belt shared photos from other countries to showcase water issues in places he has visited during his career. He centered the presentation on what he calls “geography of hope.”

Belt talks water conflicts, solutions in morning lecture

Belt talks water conflicts, solutions in morning lecture

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.”

National Geographic partnership brings ‘Water Matters’ (and special underwater lecture) to Amp in Week Four

National Geographic partnership brings ‘Water Matters’ (and special underwater lecture) to Amp in Week Four

Water’s importance to life on earth cannot be overstated — without it, there is none. This week, in partnership with National Geographic Society, Chautauqua presents “Water Matters,” a series of 10:45 a.m. Amphitheater lectures exploring our world of water, including availability, conservation, health and politics.

On Monday, returning Chautauqua lecturer Sandra Postel joins Dennis Dimick in a joint lecture introducing the week. Postel is director of the independent Global Water Policy Project and the Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society. Dimmick is National Geographic magazine’s executive editor for the environment and has been key to shaping the magazine’s award-winning reporting, particularly on climate change, since 2003.