New York Times Bestselling Author Seth Siegel on the Water Crisis
January 11, 2016
Welcome to Episode 14 of Products of the Mind. On this episode, I speak with Seth Siegel, author of Let There Be Water.
“If you have a country like Israel which is mostly desert, and it has achieved this water status of self-sufficiency of even being a water superpower, then why can’t everybody do that?”- Seth Siegel (On why he is an optimist on the future for water.)
Israel is over 60% desert yet still manages their water resources better than any other place in the world.
Did you know our current drought wasn’t expected to hit until 2025; or that there are over 4,600 water authorities in Texas alone? On this episode author and water expert Seth Siegel tells us about the research journey that led him from listening to a lecture from the Council on Foreign Affairs to doing over 200 hundred interviews with Israeli water experts.
Seth’s book tells the success story of Israel’s ability to manage this precious resource, and this interview is an informative peek inside. We discuss topics like the socialization of water; how crises impact policy; agricultural reform; and, why the United States should look at Israel as a successful model for water management. And if that’s not enough, we’ll learn how this author got to produce a Broadway musical, for which he was nominated for a Tony award.
- Seth’s Website: http://www.sethmsiegel.com/
- Let There Be Water on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Let-There-Be-Water-Water-Starved/dp/1250073952
- Let There Be Water Website: http://www.sethmsiegel.com/book/
- Sorek Water Desalinization Plant: http://www.ide-tech.com/blog/case-study/sorek-israel-project/
- Man of La Mancha [on Broadway]: http://www.broadwaymusicalhome.com/shows/mancha.htm
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