- Did you know that the main reason why Vienna has such a famously good coffee is that it draws its water from pristine and well-protected water regions in the pre-Alps?
- Did you know that 1.1 billion people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water?
- Did you also know that about 50% of the world’s water supplies have been privatised over the last 25 years and are now operated by either one of two giant water corporations? A fact which has consistently lead to a substantial decrease in quality and a dramatic increase in price?
The world of water is as interesting as it is complex. Reason enough for taliaYsebastian and soulbottles, two ventures based at the Hub Vienna, to organise a HUBxWater, taking place at Tuesday, the 21st of February at 6:30 pm at the Hub.
The event will feature three diverse experts on water, each talking in the length and spirit of a TED talk, followed by a Q&A and a facilitated exchange around the topic.
- Andreas Gmeiner, cultural anthropologist, organizer of the “Aqua Anthropos” conference and founder of the “FairWei” Fair Water Label will talk about the “Do’s and Don’ts of water projects in developing countries”.
- Vitus Angermaier from the University of Vienna will enlighten us on “The cultural role of water in classical Ayurveda”, touching the important role of culture in water development projects for the region.
- Stephan Lutter from Vienna’s Sustainable Europe Research Institute will give us insights on “Virtual Water. Or: Whose water are we consuming?”, showing the impact of our everyday consumptions on the water situation in the producing countries. For example: Did it ever cross your mind that spain is actually exporting water – through tomatoes?
Part of the month of water were 3 movie screenings around the topic of water
– “Tapped”, a film that examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.
– “Blue Gold – World Water Wars” here http://taliaysebastian.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/blue-gold/
– “Flow: for love of water”, The film highlights a global crisis on water politics, pollution and human rights and warns that water, the quintessence of life and our most precious resource, can no longer be taken for granted
About the Hosts:
taliaYsebastian are two Industrial Designers whose next project is developing a smart solution for clean water supply in rural communities of Nepal. A project which is being supported by grants of the City of Vienna.
soulbottles is a young startup which creates ways that make drinking tap water easier and more fun – in all areas of consumption. They are starting with handsome and stylish glass drinking bottles and are developing disrupting projects for restaurants and beverage machines.
Registration via email at firstname.lastname@example.org