Keeping Our Water Safe

Date(s) - 04/29/17
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple

Hosted by
Chicago Humanities Festival

Keeping Our Water Safe

Chicago Humanities Festival

Sat, Apr 29 | 2 –3 PM
First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple
77 W Washington St | Chicago, IL | 60602
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

How do we share the stuff that nobody owns but everyone needs? Water is one of our most precious and finite resources, but it’s also under threat from climate change, overzealous development, and inconsistent governance. Join Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance, which advocates for a “one water movement,” and Kim Wasserman-Nieto, executive director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, for a conversation about local and national approaches to water security and sustainability. Michael Tiboris from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs joins them in conversation.

This program is generously underwritten by the Make It Better Foundation.

A Talkback hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council will follow this program in the James Parlor, Second Floor.


Radhika Foxis the Chief Executive Officer of the US Water Alliance, a national nonprofit organization advancing policies and programs that build a sustainable water future for all. The Alliance accelerates the adoption of one water policies and programs and celebrates innovation in water management. The Alliance also coordinates the Value of Water Campaign, a national campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the nation’s aging water infrastructure. As CEO of the Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Campaign, Radhika is a sought-after expert for media covering water issues.Kimberly Wasserman-Nieto is Executive Director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), where she has worked since 1998, working with organizers to reinstate a job access bus line, building on the recent victory of a new 23 acre park to be built in Little Village, and continuing the 10 plus year campaign for the remediation and redevelopment of closed local coal power plants. Wasserman is a member of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and Chair of the Illinois EJ Commission. She received the 2013 Goldman Prize for North America.

Michael Tiboris is a Global Water Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Public Fellow for the American Council of Learned Societies. He specializes in ethical issues in water access and the role of water in foreign policy. His work has appeared in both academic journals and popular media, including Social Theory and Practice, The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, The National Interest, and Foreign Policy.



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