26.5.2021 | 16.00–17.00
The 2019 United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) report documents how shifting consumption patterns, growing populations, increasing urbanization, and infrastructure development have increased demand for sand three-fold over the last two decades. As the global demand for this limited resource continues to rise faster than natural sources can sustain, it is crucial to manage it sustainably.
All events in the series will consist of speaker presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions.
The first webinar in the Global Sand Crisis Series features KEYNOTE address by Vince Beiser, renowned journalist and author of The World in a Grain among our other esteemed speakers. The conversation will set the stage, exploring questions such as:
• What is so special about sand as a building material, and why are we on the verge of a crisis?
• How much sand is needed for the growing infrastructure boom? Where will it come from? How can we ensure responsible consumption and meet growing demand worldwide?
• How does sand mining and sand use in construction impact society, economies, conflict and corruption, human and ecosystem health, resilience, and climate change?
• How did we get here? What sorts of global policy, business, and technical solutions exist?
This exclusive event is hosted by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University (ISEN).