Food, energy, and water systems, especially in drylands, are vulnerable to projected changes in climate – primarily changes in the timing and amount of precipitation and rising air temperatures. For the most part, we grow non-dryland adapted food within a dryland climate through a reliance on irrigation, and the water resource requirements are large and increasing. At the same time, renewable energy in drylands is vulnerable to the same warming trends that threaten food systems. The abundance of sunlight in the southwest US constitutes a significant solar energy resource.
Special Film Screening: Rivers and Tides - Loft Cinema
Join us for a special screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers and Tides (2001), hosted by the Loft Cinema. After the film, you are invited to a panel discussion and dynamic community conversation about how we value water and protect natural areas in Arizona. Panelists include:
Cody Sheehy, Director of Beyond the Mirage, Video Coordinator, UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Catlow Shipek, Founding Member, Policy and Technical Director, Watershed Management Group
Ginger Shulick Porcella, Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson
The panel will be moderated by Arizona Public Media's Tony Paniagua.
Rivers and Tides is a vision of the natural world molded by currents, driftwood, ice, mud, leaves, and stones, and modified with human hands. A spectacular visual gallery of Goldsworthy's relationship with nature, this artist painstakingly makes ephemeral sculptures built out of bits of ice in the trees or loose rock, which may be overgrown by plants or swallowed by high tides. His work melts, disintegrates, drifts away due to exposure of the elements of which they are comprised. Goldsworthy's creations are intentionally mutable works, their temporary nature a part of the work. Filmmaker Thomas Reidelsheimer goes to great lengths to demonstrate Goldsworthy's ideas about the forgotten relationships between light, color, movement, balance, and fluidity of form in nature, creating a surprising and enjoyable journey through art of the natural world.
This event and panel discussion is part of the Water Roots series organized by the Sky Island Alliance and UA Water Resources Research Center. Water Roots is a celebration and study of water in the desert highlighting the unique ways that we value our most precious resource. Our region can build a water future that considers water for humans and nature – please join us for upcoming events, show your support, and share your water story: www.skyislandalliance.org/water-roots-2018/
Agrivoltaics: co-locating agriculture and photovoltaics to increase food and energy production while decreasing water use
Upper Gila Watershed Forum
The annual Upper Gila Watershed Forum on January 11, 2019, in Thatcher, Arizona will feature daylong discussion, presentations, and activities focused on "Adapting to a Hotter and Drier Future."
WRRC Conference 2019 - Arizona Runs On Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions
How do Arizona communities ensure that they have sufficient water to meet their future needs? This is the critical question being addressed at the upcoming UA Water Resources Research Center annual conference