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.
During session two, the City of Cape Town, WATERisLIFE and our keynote speaker Dr Andrew Deacon from Rivers for Africa will be on stage. We’ll also hear from Thomas Martina who won an award for his “Altered Nozzle Head” design – which the judges remarked had a significant impact on limiting the total volume of water being produced from a device (faucet, hose, etc.) with a few minor adjustments.
On the day, there will also be stalls on site. We’ll be joined by Nude Food which s created a plastic-free shopping experience and SANCCOB, which provides a 24/7 rescue service for sick and injured seabirds.
Spark Talks will also introduce a special Travel adventure to tempt your wanderlust and we’re exited for the launch of The Last Elephants by Don Pinnock and Colin Bell in collaboration with Stuik Nature Club and Random House Struik!
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.
On August 28, 2018, U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg, Michael McCarthy, awarded prizes to the three winners of the U.S. Consulate General’s Rosa Parks Library & Innovation Studio 3D Design Challenge. Contestants were asked to use the studio’s 3D printers, computers, and digital design programs to design a water-saving solution for the average South African household to reduce water consumption, or to reuse water at home without negatively affecting day-to-day household life. The winner of the contest, Thomas Matina, earned a MakerBot Mini-Replicator 3D printer for his design, the “Altered Nozzle Head” which the judges remarked had a significant impact on limiting the total volume of water being produced from a device (faucet, hose, etc.) with a few minor adjustments.
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