Stephen Leahy, Keynote Speaker, 2015 Palouse Basin Water Summit

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Keynote speaker Stephen Leahy, author of
“Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products”

  • Appetizers & no host bar
  • Annual Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee water usage report
  • Raffle for low-flow toilet and individual xeriscaping plan
  • 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 1, 2015
    Schweitzer Engineering Event Center
    1825 Schweitzer Drive
    Pullman, WA
If you plan to attend the summit, please register!

Stephen Leahy

Stephen is an experienced communicator, award-winning journalist and author of the critcally-acclaimed book Your Water Footprint.

In the midst of a successful corporate career Stephen changed direction to pursue his twin passions for writing and the environment. He has written more than 2000 articles on science and environmental topics around the world for National Geographic, New Scientist, The London Sunday Times, The Guardian, Vice Magazine, Al Jazeera, Maclean’s Magazine, Earth Island Journal, DeSmog Canada, The Toronto Star, Wired News, China Dialogue, Mo Magazine (Europe), TerraGreen (India), and Common Dreams.

In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Prince Albert/United Nations Global Prize for Climate Change and Environment Reporting.

In late 2014 Stephens first book was published: Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts Behind Our Thirst for Earth’s Most Precious Resource. Reviewers have called the book “brilliant and shocking” and “exceptionally lucid.”

Stephen has given talks at conferences, symposiums, university seminars, schools and other events in many countries.

Your Water Footprint

front cover resized1New book investigates the enormous amounts of ‘hidden’ water we consume every day

2015 Winner, Green Book Festival

It takes more than 2,000 gallons of water to make a single pair of jeans. That morning cup of coffee required 37 gallons of water before it found its way to your table – water that was used to grow, process and ship the coffee beans. When we spend money on food, clothes, cellphones or even electricity, we are buying water – a shockingly large amount of water.

Your Water Footprint reveals how water is essential to our way of life in ways we never imagined. While water usage continues to soar, shortages now affect more than 3 billion people including millions of Americans and Canadians. A decade from now 3 out of 5 people will face water shortages.

Your Water Footprint provides essential information to reduce your water use which will help you save money, be prepared for shortages and ensure our children and grandchildren will have abundant fresh water. Water-wise choices is all about smart substitutions and changes, rather than sacrifice and self-denial.

Your Water Footprint Author and Speaker

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As an award-winning journalist and author of “Your Water Footprint”, winner of Best Science Book for the General Public,  I’ve given dozens of talks and presentations on environmental issues including water, climate, energy, biodiversity and more.

My back story:

In the midst of a successful corporate career I changed direction to pursue my growing interest in writing, science, conservation and the environment. Over the past 20+ years I’ve written more than 2000 articles on science and environmental topics around the world for National Geographic, the Guardian, New Scientist, IPS, and many more.

For some of this work I was fortunate enough to receive the prestigious Prince Albert/United Nations Global Prize for Climate Change and Environment Reporting.

%22your water footprint%22 reviewsIn late 2014 my first book was published:  Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts Behind Our Thirst for Earth’s Most Precious Resource.   Reviewers called the book “brilliant and shocking” and “exceptionally lucid”.  And then it won the award for best science book in Canada.

I’ve done presentations for all ages and backgrounds including kindergarten kids and scientists in California, journalists in South Africa, public officials in Spain, general public in Idaho, teachers and business executives in Toronto.

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“The Walrus Talks brings Canada’s brightest minds to theatres across the country to talk about the biggest issues facing our country.  Stephen Leahy has been a welcome addition to the series, and a favourite of our audiences. He’s able to make complex issues seem simple without taking anything away from the urgency and importance of his message. This quality makes his presentations guaranteed
– David Leonard, Director of Events, the Walrus Foundation

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Selected Previous Appearances

Canadian Club of Halton Peel — Oakville Conference Centre

Keynote Speaker 2015 Palouse Basin Water Summit – Pullman, Washington

MUSE talks – Calabasas, California

Walrus Talks Water — Victoria, B.C.

 Ribbon at the Lower Don Festival celebrating the PAN AM Games   — Toronto

Durham EcoSchool Teachers workshop 

Walrus Talks Water -Halifax, Nova Scotia  

 Urban Watershed Festival  — Toronto

 “Water for Life” – Oshawa, Ontario

H2Awesome — 900 Grade 8 Students – Guelph High Schools

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