UNC to host symposium on water and energy Feb. 6-8

Local and global experts will explore key issues related to water and energy, and present potential solutions to problems like climate change at a Feb. 6-8 symposium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Water and Energy in the Crosshairs: Collisions and Synergies” kicks off Feb. 6 with a screening of the documentary “Switch: The Future of Energy” at the Varsity on Franklin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion with energy industry representatives.

On Feb. 7 Christian Parenti, author of “Topic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence,” will discuss the effects of the loss of biodiversity at 5:30 p.m. at the FedEx Global Education Center.

The symposium will resume Feb. 8 at the Kenan Center at Kenan-Flagler Business School from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. It will include panel presentations on water-energy production and consumption, a discussion of Germany’s renewable energy policy and an address about sustainable consumption and the power of individual behavior by Ted Howes of the World Economic Forum.

The water and energy symposium supports “Water in Our World,” a two-year pan-campus academic theme that calls for the University and all of its members and resources to mobilize around water issues.

This symposium is a pan-university collaboration among Kenan-Flagler’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Center for International Business Education and Research, and UNC’s Center for European Studies, Center for Slavic, Eurasian & East European StudiesAfrican Studies Center and the Institute for the Environment. Supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the European Union, the event is the third in a four-part series on global sustainability.

All events are free. To register, visit http://areastudies.unc.edu/sustainability-symposium/.