Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Water, Water, Everywhere

Over the next few years, you’re going to hear a lot of talk about water at Carolina. 

New research from UNC reports that 1.8 billion people – 28% of the world’s population – use unsafe water and millions of people die annually due to lack of access to clean, potable water for drinking, washing, and other uses. From disease to natural disasters like floods and droughts, water is a critical part of our lives – and one that’s easy to take for granted.

On March 22, Chancellor Thorp led the kickoff of the University-wide theme for the next two years, Water in Our World.  Not only will this be an academic theme on campus, but we’ll also be drawing upon the great work of the UNC Water Institute and our involvement with the US Water Partnership recently announced by Secretary of State Clinton.

You can learn more about these initiatives through the links above; stay up to date by following Water in Our World on Twitter at @UNCWater. Innovate@Carolina also has a wealth of information on the ways Carolina is making an impact on the world’s most pressing issues.