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“Waterman of India” Rajendra Singh Comes to Boston Climate Conference on Water Cycle Restoration
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, a Boston-area nonprofit, features internationally renown humanitarian Rajendra Singh, winner of the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize, to speak on water cycle restoration as a tool to combat drought and climate change.
Rajendra Singh’s pioneering work in India is an exemplary achievement highlighting the extraordinary potential of simple, low-tech strategies that can regenerate desertified landscapes worldwide. Listed among The Guardian’s “50 People Who Could Save the Planet” in 2008, Rajendra Singh was recently awarded the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize - referred to as the “Nobel Prize for water” - in recognition of his innovative water restoration efforts to improve water security in rural India. Singh has dedicated himself for several decades to defeating drought and empowering communities in his native home of Rajasthan, the driest state in one of the world’s most populous nations, and has successfully restored several rivers and returned water, life - and hope - to a thousand villages.
In 1975 Singh founded the organization Tarun Bharat Sangh (TBS), which seeks to “bring dignity and prosperity to the life of destitute sections of the nation through sustainable development measures,” and “promotes community-driven-
In addition to Rajendra Singh, other conference speakers include Michal Kravčík, the internationally recognized Slovak water scientist whose book, A New Water Paradigm: Water for the Recovery of the Climate, serves as the central framework for the conference; Maude Barlow, best-selling Canadian author, human rights activist, and chair of the board of Food & Water Watch; Foster Brown, a senior scientist at Woods Hole Research Center and recipient of the Chico Mendes Forest Citizenry prize; Walter Jehne, Director of Healthy Soils Australia; Tom Goreau, president of the Global Coral Reef Alliance; Precious Phiri, Founding Director of EarthWisdom Consulting Company; Charlotte O’Brien, CEO of Carbon Drawdown Solutions; Steve Apfelbaum, principal of Applied Ecological Services; Carol Evans, fisheries and wildlife biologist whose pioneering work with beaver has restored several watersheds in Nevada; Jon Griggs, ranch manager for Maggie Creek Ranch in Northeastern Nevada; Jim Laurie, Restoration Ecologist at Biodiversity for a Livable Climate; Allison Houghton, permaculture and gardening instructor who manages the Greater Boston CSA for The Food Project; Scott Horsley, an expert in watershed planning and water resources management; Jan Lambert, editor of the Valley Green Journal; freelance writer Judith Schwartz, author of Cows Save the Planet; and Adam Sacks, Executive Director of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate.
For more details about Biodiversity for a Livable Climate and their Restoring Water Cycles to Reverse Global Warming conference, please visit http://bio4climate.org/
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