Water is our most important resource yet the facts are simple: the world’s water is in crisis. This is why the next LCA Spark Talks live event will tackle one of the most important yet complex environmental elements – fresh water.
Live on stage on 9 March 2019, a number of speakers will share their knowledge and insight into fresh water as a resource in crisis, and as an ecosystem. The day will start with a Youth Session with inventor, scientist Kiara Nirghin who is known for her award-winning work on a method to increase food security in drought stricken areas.
She’ll be followed by representatives from the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists – an exposition, or science fair, where students have a chance to show others their own scientific investigations.
During session two, the City of Cape Town, WATERisLIFE, The National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project and our keynote speaker Dr Andrew Deacon from Rivers for Africa will be on stage. We’ll also hear from Thomas Martina from WITS University, introduce a special LCA Spark Talks Travel adventure to tempt your wanderlust and end the day with a book launch!
More about our speakers
City of Cape Town on facing a water crisis
In recent years, the City of Cape Town faced its worst drought in over a century and in 2017 local authorities declared Cape Town and the surrounding Western Cape province a disaster area, with less than 10 percent of usable water left in the dams supplying the region. Live on stage, City of Cape town representatives will share how they turned a water crisis into a success story.
Every year, over one billion people are harmed by waterborne illnesses. That is why, in the winter of 2016, WATERisLIFE and New Age Beverages Co. got together to take the World Water Crisis and provide safe drinking water to 1 Billion people by December 31, 2020.
Keynote Speaker Dr. Andrew Deacon
The LCA is delighted to announce the keynote speaker Dr. Andrew Deacon, respected and well-known ichthyologist and freshwater ecologist.
Kiara Nirghin is a South African inventor, scientist, and speaker. She is known for her award-winning work on a method to increase food security in drought stricken areas that won the 2016 Google Science Fair.
National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project
The greater Okavango River Basin is the largest freshwater wetland in southern Africa—and the main source of water for a million people. Since 2015, National Geographic Explorer Dr. Steve Boyes and an interdisciplinary team including Angolan, Namibian, and South African scientists began working together to explore and protect the rivers in Angola. Through a series of unique canoe- and mountain bike–based expeditions into the least known, most inaccessible parts of the watershed in southeastern Angola, they have been surveying the sources of the river systems and collecting data to help inform strategies to protect them.
Eskom Expo for Young Scientists
The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists is an exposition, or science fair, where students have a chance to show others their own scientific investigations.
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