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How will you Choose to Contribute? | Bassel Daher | TEDxTAMU


hello everyone before I start sharing my
hello everyone before I start sharing my story with you today I want you to take
you grow up when you were a little child
you grow up when you were a little child how many of you are doing the same thing
how many of you are doing the same thing
how many of you are doing the same thing today well I don’t see a lot of hands
today well I don’t see a lot of hands
today well I don’t see a lot of hands but we’ll get back to that ever since I
but we’ll get back to that ever since I
but we’ll get back to that ever since I was a young child I was fascinated with
was a young child I was fascinated with
was a young child I was fascinated with bridges I was fascinated by the power
bridges I was fascinated by the power
bridges I was fascinated by the power they had and connecting once
they had and connecting once
they had and connecting once disconnected communities and areas of
disconnected communities and areas of
disconnected communities and areas of friend fast forward into my early years
friend fast forward into my early years
friend fast forward into my early years of college and that I was planning
of college and that I was planning
of college and that I was planning akkadian for myself and civil
akkadian for myself and civil
akkadian for myself and civil engineering what I could design and
engineering what I could design and
engineering what I could design and build those bridges that I always
build those bridges that I always
build those bridges that I always dreamed of as part of my final year in
dreamed of as part of my final year in
dreamed of as part of my final year in my civil engineering undergraduate
my civil engineering undergraduate
my civil engineering undergraduate studies I had the chance to work with an
studies I had the chance to work with an
studies I had the chance to work with an underprivileged community in a in an
underprivileged community in a in an
underprivileged community in a in an area neighboring a refugee camp and
area neighboring a refugee camp and
area neighboring a refugee camp and Beirut the capital city of my home
Beirut the capital city of my home
Beirut the capital city of my home country Lebanon one of the very
country Lebanon one of the very
country Lebanon one of the very interesting things of the area we worked
interesting things of the area we worked
interesting things of the area we worked in was its location at the borderline
in was its location at the borderline
in was its location at the borderline between two different municipalities and
between two different municipalities and
between two different municipalities and those different municipalities had
those different municipalities had
those different municipalities had different agendas and different sets of
different agendas and different sets of
different agendas and different sets of priorities
priorities
priorities the Saha area we worked and suffered
the Saha area we worked and suffered
the Saha area we worked and suffered from different challenges one of those
from different challenges one of those
from different challenges one of those challenges was a deteriorated
challenges was a deteriorated
challenges was a deteriorated deteriorating piping Network as well as
deteriorating piping Network as well as
deteriorating piping Network as well as clogging in in its drainage facilities
clogging in in its drainage facilities
clogging in in its drainage facilities as well as challenges and the
as well as challenges and the
as well as challenges and the transportation flows in the area that
transportation flows in the area that
transportation flows in the area that was highly dense and populated in that
was highly dense and populated in that
was highly dense and populated in that urban center so for the following few
urban center so for the following few
urban center so for the following few months after first visiting the site and
months after first visiting the site and
months after first visiting the site and learning more about these challenges we
learning more about these challenges we
learning more about these challenges we worked on designing and proposing
worked on designing and proposing
worked on designing and proposing different designs for rehabilitating
different designs for rehabilitating
different designs for rehabilitating this piping Network for addressing the
this piping Network for addressing the
this piping Network for addressing the challenges of the clogging in the area
challenges of the clogging in the area
challenges of the clogging in the area as well as redesigning and proposing new
as well as redesigning and proposing new
as well as redesigning and proposing new designs for circulation flows for
designs for circulation flows for
designs for circulation flows for improving the traffic situation of the
improving the traffic situation of the
improving the traffic situation of the area and after that we had the chance to
area and after that we had the chance to
area and after that we had the chance to meet with the community so we can share
meet with the community so we can share
meet with the community so we can share with them our proposed design and get
with them our proposed design and get
with them our proposed design and get our feedback and to our surprise
our feedback and to our surprise
our feedback and to our surprise most of what we proposed after three
most of what we proposed after three
most of what we proposed after three four months of work got rejected how
four months of work got rejected how
four months of work got rejected how could that be we worked on these designs
could that be we worked on these designs
could that be we worked on these designs for several months we worked according
for several months we worked according
for several months we worked according to the codes that
to the codes that
to the codes that we learned we double-checked our
we learned we double-checked our
we learned we double-checked our calculations and we made sure that
calculations and we made sure that
calculations and we made sure that everything made sense
everything made sense
everything made sense so how could it be that most of what we
so how could it be that most of what we
so how could it be that most of what we proposed did not go through well it
proposed did not go through well it
proposed did not go through well it happens that one of the things we were
happens that one of the things we were
happens that one of the things we were proposing was to change the
proposing was to change the
proposing was to change the functionality of one of the main roads
functionality of one of the main roads
functionality of one of the main roads in that area because it simply made more
in that area because it simply made more
in that area because it simply made more engineering sense for us it made it
engineering sense for us it made it
engineering sense for us it made it easier for us to rehabilitate one of the
easier for us to rehabilitate one of the
easier for us to rehabilitate one of the main pipelines in the area and that was
main pipelines in the area and that was
main pipelines in the area and that was not popular among different city
not popular among different city
not popular among different city residents because they wanted the road
residents because they wanted the road
residents because they wanted the road to stay the same and we were further
to stay the same and we were further
to stay the same and we were further also we had the challenge of convincing
also we had the challenge of convincing
also we had the challenge of convincing both municipalities with the same
both municipalities with the same
both municipalities with the same options because they had to be partners
options because they had to be partners
options because they had to be partners in those solutions and there was a
in those solutions and there was a
in those solutions and there was a challenge also and bringing both both
challenge also and bringing both both
challenge also and bringing both both people to the table who are
people to the table who are
people to the table who are decision-makers on both sides of the
decision-makers on both sides of the
decision-makers on both sides of the municipalities so as I was ready to
municipalities so as I was ready to
municipalities so as I was ready to finish with my civil engineering degree
finish with my civil engineering degree
finish with my civil engineering degree at the time I this this project made me
at the time I this this project made me
at the time I this this project made me learn three important lessons the first
learn three important lessons the first
learn three important lessons the first lesson was that engineering know-how
lesson was that engineering know-how
lesson was that engineering know-how alone was not sufficient to address
alone was not sufficient to address
alone was not sufficient to address these challenges we needed to look at
these challenges we needed to look at
these challenges we needed to look at the political social economic challenges
the political social economic challenges
the political social economic challenges that also came with the engineering
that also came with the engineering
that also came with the engineering challenge that we had in hand in order
challenge that we had in hand in order
challenge that we had in hand in order for us to propose solutions that made
for us to propose solutions that made
for us to propose solutions that made sense and were implementable the second
sense and were implementable the second
sense and were implementable the second lesson was the importance of the early
lesson was the importance of the early
lesson was the importance of the early on involvement of the community in the
on involvement of the community in the
on involvement of the community in the decision-making process and in the
decision-making process and in the
decision-making process and in the co-creation of the solutions rather than
co-creation of the solutions rather than
co-creation of the solutions rather than being the engineers who are the problem
being the engineers who are the problem
being the engineers who are the problem solvers who know better and impose
solvers who know better and impose
solvers who know better and impose solutions on the community and the third
solutions on the community and the third
solutions on the community and the third was the importance of not only creating
was the importance of not only creating
was the importance of not only creating that scientific and engineering
that scientific and engineering
that scientific and engineering knowledge but spending a lot of time on
knowledge but spending a lot of time on
knowledge but spending a lot of time on communicating that knowledge to to
communicating that knowledge to to
communicating that knowledge to to support the decision making process and
support the decision making process and
support the decision making process and to support those who are making those
to support those who are making those
to support those who are making those decisions on both sides of the spectrum
decisions on both sides of the spectrum
decisions on both sides of the spectrum moving forward and as I started my
moving forward and as I started my
moving forward and as I started my graduate work at Purdue University I
graduate work at Purdue University I
graduate work at Purdue University I started looking at three grand
started looking at three grand
started looking at three grand challenges that are facing our global
challenges that are facing our global
challenges that are facing our global community today water security energy
community today water security energy
community today water security energy security and food security the
security and food security the
security and food security the know that by 2050 we are projected to
know that by 2050 we are projected to
know that by 2050 we are projected to need 55% more water
need 55% more water
need 55% more water 60% more food and 80% more energy and
60% more food and 80% more energy and
60% more food and 80% more energy and the challenge is not only limited with
the challenge is not only limited with
the challenge is not only limited with our ability to bridge these demands
our ability to bridge these demands
our ability to bridge these demands independently because for a simple fact
independently because for a simple fact
independently because for a simple fact that there is a growing interdependence
that there is a growing interdependence
that there is a growing interdependence between those challenges so we need a
between those challenges so we need a
between those challenges so we need a lot of water for our agricultural sector
lot of water for our agricultural sector
lot of water for our agricultural sector to grow our agricultural product as well
to grow our agricultural product as well
to grow our agricultural product as well as a lot of water that goes into energy
as a lot of water that goes into energy
as a lot of water that goes into energy development and energy production and
development and energy production and
development and energy production and similarly there’s a lot of energy that
similarly there’s a lot of energy that
similarly there’s a lot of energy that is needed to pumping transporting
is needed to pumping transporting
is needed to pumping transporting desalinating and treating our water as
desalinating and treating our water as
desalinating and treating our water as well as a lot of energy that goes
well as a lot of energy that goes
well as a lot of energy that goes throughout the agricultural supply chain
throughout the agricultural supply chain
throughout the agricultural supply chain from farm to table so unless we
from farm to table so unless we
from farm to table so unless we understand how these challenges are
understand how these challenges are
understand how these challenges are interconnected and interdependent we
interconnected and interdependent we
interconnected and interdependent we will fail to address them as we move
will fail to address them as we move
will fail to address them as we move forward and there’s a critical need also
forward and there’s a critical need also
forward and there’s a critical need also for moving that understanding into the
for moving that understanding into the
for moving that understanding into the policymaking community so we are able to
policymaking community so we are able to
policymaking community so we are able to also propose and implement policies that
also propose and implement policies that
also propose and implement policies that are coherent and are consistent with our
are coherent and are consistent with our
are coherent and are consistent with our understanding of those interconnections
understanding of those interconnections
understanding of those interconnections take the case of San Antonio for example
take the case of San Antonio for example
take the case of San Antonio for example all of these dots you see on the map are
all of these dots you see on the map are
all of these dots you see on the map are water wells the blue dots are water
water wells the blue dots are water
water wells the blue dots are water wells for municipal use green dots are
wells for municipal use green dots are
wells for municipal use green dots are water wells for irrigation and food
water wells for irrigation and food
water wells for irrigation and food production and the red dots are water
production and the red dots are water
production and the red dots are water wells for energy production and we can
wells for energy production and we can
wells for energy production and we can clearly and quickly start seeing the
clearly and quickly start seeing the
clearly and quickly start seeing the extent of competition that exists
extent of competition that exists
extent of competition that exists between these three growing sectors in
between these three growing sectors in
between these three growing sectors in the area of San Antonio where these
the area of San Antonio where these
the area of San Antonio where these three sectors these three growing
three sectors these three growing
three sectors these three growing sectors compete over the same water land
sectors compete over the same water land
sectors compete over the same water land and financial resources in the region
and financial resources in the region
and financial resources in the region and then a study we we’ve been working
and then a study we we’ve been working
and then a study we we’ve been working on with the water energy food nexus
on with the water energy food nexus
on with the water energy food nexus initiative at Texas A&M we’ve learned
initiative at Texas A&M we’ve learned
initiative at Texas A&M we’ve learned that low level of communication exists
that low level of communication exists
that low level of communication exists between different agencies and
between different agencies and
between different agencies and organizations that help govern and plan
organizations that help govern and plan
organizations that help govern and plan for these resource systems even though
for these resource systems even though
for these resource systems even though we can clearly see the tight
we can clearly see the tight
we can clearly see the tight interconnections and competition that
interconnections and competition that
interconnections and competition that exists between them and this kind of hot
exists between them and this kind of hot
exists between them and this kind of hot spot is
spot is
spot is not only limited to Texas it emerges and
not only limited to Texas it emerges and
not only limited to Texas it emerges and appears in different places all over the
appears in different places all over the
appears in different places all over the world and it appears in different shapes
world and it appears in different shapes
world and it appears in different shapes and levels of urgency in different
and levels of urgency in different
and levels of urgency in different regions and that the water energy food
regions and that the water energy food
regions and that the water energy food Nexus research group here on campus
Nexus research group here on campus
Nexus research group here on campus we’ve been exploring a lot of these case
we’ve been exploring a lot of these case
we’ve been exploring a lot of these case studies all over the world and even
studies all over the world and even
studies all over the world and even though a lot of our understanding of the
though a lot of our understanding of the
though a lot of our understanding of the holistic systems of systems thinking
holistic systems of systems thinking
holistic systems of systems thinking that that guide our understanding of the
that that guide our understanding of the
that that guide our understanding of the interconnections between these three
interconnections between these three
interconnections between these three challenges the interventions and the
challenges the interventions and the
challenges the interventions and the solutions for addressing them are very
solutions for addressing them are very
solutions for addressing them are very much site-specific and context specific
much site-specific and context specific
much site-specific and context specific so don’t you wish we had a plan a global
so don’t you wish we had a plan a global
so don’t you wish we had a plan a global plan to address all of these global
plan to address all of these global
plan to address all of these global challenges that we’ve been talking about
challenges that we’ve been talking about
challenges that we’ve been talking about well if your answer is yes I have some
well if your answer is yes I have some
well if your answer is yes I have some good news for you because we actually do
good news for you because we actually do
good news for you because we actually do and in fact in 2015
and in fact in 2015
and in fact in 2015 193 heads of states that are member
193 heads of states that are member
193 heads of states that are member nations to the United Nations met and
nations to the United Nations met and
nations to the United Nations met and agreed to work towards 17 sustainable
agreed to work towards 17 sustainable
agreed to work towards 17 sustainable development goals this sustainable
development goals this sustainable
development goals this sustainable development goals include ones that are
development goals include ones that are
development goals include ones that are specific to water energy and food
specific to water energy and food
specific to water energy and food security but also extend much more
security but also extend much more
security but also extend much more beyond that to those that are addressing
beyond that to those that are addressing
beyond that to those that are addressing alleviating poverty hunger good health
alleviating poverty hunger good health
alleviating poverty hunger good health quality education gender equality
quality education gender equality
quality education gender equality climate change and building global
climate change and building global
climate change and building global partnerships among others having a plan
partnerships among others having a plan
partnerships among others having a plan is good but it’s only as good as the
is good but it’s only as good as the
is good but it’s only as good as the effort we put into it and then unless we
effort we put into it and then unless we
effort we put into it and then unless we all get on board and find our role in
all get on board and find our role in
all get on board and find our role in contributing to this agenda and these
contributing to this agenda and these
contributing to this agenda and these goals we will not be able to arrive to
goals we will not be able to arrive to
goals we will not be able to arrive to it the 2030 that we’re planning for and
it the 2030 that we’re planning for and
it the 2030 that we’re planning for and this set of goals comes it’s not the
this set of goals comes it’s not the
this set of goals comes it’s not the first time we do this exercise and this
first time we do this exercise and this
first time we do this exercise and this set of goals in fact comes after another
set of goals in fact comes after another
set of goals in fact comes after another set of goals which we adopted in year
set of goals which we adopted in year
set of goals which we adopted in year 2000 and we work towards in the last 15
2000 and we work towards in the last 15
2000 and we work towards in the last 15 year period
year period
year period those goals address different challenges
those goals address different challenges
those goals address different challenges that focused on challenges that we’re
that focused on challenges that we’re
that focused on challenges that we’re facing developing countries and we have
facing developing countries and we have
facing developing countries and we have done a lot of progress where those goals
done a lot of progress where those goals
done a lot of progress where those goals successful were they useful absolutely
successful were they useful absolutely
successful were they useful absolutely yes were we able to achieve all of those
yes were we able to achieve all of those
yes were we able to achieve all of those goals that we aimed for and the 15 year
goals that we aimed for and the 15 year
goals that we aimed for and the 15 year period absolutely not but we’ve done a
period absolutely not but we’ve done a
period absolutely not but we’ve done a lot of progress and what we need to do
lot of progress and what we need to do
lot of progress and what we need to do now is to amplify that momentum in order
now is to amplify that momentum in order
now is to amplify that momentum in order for us to carry us forward into
for us to carry us forward into
for us to carry us forward into achieving the new set of goals and the
achieving the new set of goals and the
achieving the new set of goals and the new sustainability goals that we set for
new sustainability goals that we set for
new sustainability goals that we set for ourselves for 2030 so to just give you
ourselves for 2030 so to just give you
ourselves for 2030 so to just give you an idea of the kind of progress that
an idea of the kind of progress that
an idea of the kind of progress that such kind of goals was was was able to
such kind of goals was was was able to
such kind of goals was was was able to help us achieve so in the past 15 year
help us achieve so in the past 15 year
help us achieve so in the past 15 year time having those Millennium Development
time having those Millennium Development
time having those Millennium Development Goals have focused our effort globally
Goals have focused our effort globally
Goals have focused our effort globally to cut extreme poverty by half reality
to cut extreme poverty by half reality
to cut extreme poverty by half reality is we still have one out of five seven
is we still have one out of five seven
is we still have one out of five seven people that will go hungry tonight and
people that will go hungry tonight and
people that will go hungry tonight and is living still on less than 1.25
is living still on less than 1.25
is living still on less than 1.25 dollars per day let that sink in for a
dollars per day let that sink in for a
dollars per day let that sink in for a second in the last 15 years we were able
second in the last 15 years we were able
second in the last 15 years we were able to improve primary education enrollment
to improve primary education enrollment
to improve primary education enrollment from 83 percent to 91 percent which is a
from 83 percent to 91 percent which is a
from 83 percent to 91 percent which is a great achievement yet one out of ten
great achievement yet one out of ten
great achievement yet one out of ten children are still not in school today
children are still not in school today
children are still not in school today according to the Millennium Development
according to the Millennium Development
according to the Millennium Development Goal indicators we were able to meet
Goal indicators we were able to meet
Goal indicators we were able to meet gender equality indicators in the
gender equality indicators in the
gender equality indicators in the primary school level yet reality is
primary school level yet reality is
primary school level yet reality is women still hold less secure jobs than
women still hold less secure jobs than
women still hold less secure jobs than men and we still have a long way to go
men and we still have a long way to go
men and we still have a long way to go in terms of gender equality child
in terms of gender equality child
in terms of gender equality child mortality was cut by more than half
mortality was cut by more than half
mortality was cut by more than half which is also another great achievement
which is also another great achievement
which is also another great achievement yet six million children still die
yet six million children still die
yet six million children still die before their fifth birthday today and
before their fifth birthday today and
before their fifth birthday today and last but not least in the past 15 years
last but not least in the past 15 years
last but not least in the past 15 years we were able to improve the sanitation
we were able to improve the sanitation
we were able to improve the sanitation of one-fourth of the world yet reality
of one-fourth of the world yet reality
of one-fourth of the world yet reality is one in three people still do not have
is one in three people still do not have
is one in three people still do not have access to proper sanitation so you could
access to proper sanitation so you could
access to proper sanitation so you could think of this as a marathon and we are
think of this as a marathon and we are
think of this as a marathon and we are half way so it doesn’t make sense for us
half way so it doesn’t make sense for us
half way so it doesn’t make sense for us to just stop halfway I don’t think so so
to just stop halfway I don’t think so so
to just stop halfway I don’t think so so what we need to do is to find our role
what we need to do is to find our role
what we need to do is to find our role in in this global agenda and be able to
in in this global agenda and be able to
in in this global agenda and be able to with with our different disciplines we
with with our different disciplines we
with with our different disciplines we the different countries that we come
the different countries that we come
the different countries that we come from with the different age groups we
from with the different age groups we
from with the different age groups we come from different generations and
come from different generations and
come from different generations and different interests to be able to find
different interests to be able to find
different interests to be able to find our role so we could collectively be
our role so we could collectively be
our role so we could collectively be able to to work towards addressing these
able to to work towards addressing these
able to to work towards addressing these challenges and one particular thing I’d
challenges and one particular thing I’d
challenges and one particular thing I’d like to bring your attention to also is
like to bring your attention to also is
like to bring your attention to also is that what we need to do in order for us
that what we need to do in order for us
that what we need to do in order for us to arrive to these 2030 goals is also be
to arrive to these 2030 goals is also be
to arrive to these 2030 goals is also be innovative and creative in the way we
innovative and creative in the way we
innovative and creative in the way we look at and proposing different
look at and proposing different
look at and proposing different solutions and at looking at the
solutions and at looking at the
solutions and at looking at the interconnections between those
interconnections between those
interconnections between those challenges as well
challenges as well
challenges as well because business as usual models will
because business as usual models will
because business as usual models will fail to help us arrive to to those goals
fail to help us arrive to to those goals
fail to help us arrive to to those goals that we have so going back to the water
that we have so going back to the water
that we have so going back to the water energy and food sustainable development
energy and food sustainable development
energy and food sustainable development goals that I’m working on we are making
goals that I’m working on we are making
goals that I’m working on we are making a lot of progress yet reality is in 2017
a lot of progress yet reality is in 2017
a lot of progress yet reality is in 2017 844 million still lack access to safe
844 million still lack access to safe
844 million still lack access to safe drinking water and a lot of water stress
drinking water and a lot of water stress
drinking water and a lot of water stress indicators are most severe in areas that
indicators are most severe in areas that
indicators are most severe in areas that are least able to respond to those
are least able to respond to those
are least able to respond to those challenges and are hubs for major
challenges and are hubs for major
challenges and are hubs for major population density globally 1.1 billion
population density globally 1.1 billion
population density globally 1.1 billion still lack access to energy fifty
still lack access to energy fifty
still lack access to energy fifty percent of which are in the African
percent of which are in the African
percent of which are in the African continent and 815 million still do not
continent and 815 million still do not
continent and 815 million still do not have access to secure food and also
have access to secure food and also
have access to secure food and also climate change vulnerability indicators
climate change vulnerability indicators
climate change vulnerability indicators will only exacerbate those challenges
will only exacerbate those challenges
will only exacerbate those challenges again in areas that are least capable of
again in areas that are least capable of
again in areas that are least capable of responding to those challenges so all of
responding to those challenges so all of
responding to those challenges so all of these challenges that we’re talking
these challenges that we’re talking
these challenges that we’re talking about are very complex and very
about are very complex and very
about are very complex and very interconnected and no one discipline
interconnected and no one discipline
interconnected and no one discipline will be able to address them and find
will be able to address them and find
will be able to address them and find solutions for them so there is a very
solutions for them so there is a very
solutions for them so there is a very important need for us to build bridges
important need for us to build bridges
important need for us to build bridges across different disciplines and be able
across different disciplines and be able
across different disciplines and be able to
to
to to work collectively towards addressing
to work collectively towards addressing
to work collectively towards addressing these challenges in order for us to
these challenges in order for us to
these challenges in order for us to arrive to the 2030 that we’re aiming for
arrive to the 2030 that we’re aiming for
arrive to the 2030 that we’re aiming for there is also an important lead for us
there is also an important lead for us
there is also an important lead for us to bridge and make bridges between
to bridge and make bridges between
to bridge and make bridges between scientific know-how and the policymaking
scientific know-how and the policymaking
scientific know-how and the policymaking community so we are able also to develop
community so we are able also to develop
community so we are able also to develop solutions and policies that are coherent
solutions and policies that are coherent
solutions and policies that are coherent and consistent with our scientific
and consistent with our scientific
and consistent with our scientific understanding so we are able to address
understanding so we are able to address
understanding so we are able to address those those complex challenges a little
those those complex challenges a little
those those complex challenges a little more than a decade ago I was planning a
more than a decade ago I was planning a
more than a decade ago I was planning a career in building and designing bridges
career in building and designing bridges
career in building and designing bridges little did I know my journey will bring
little did I know my journey will bring
little did I know my journey will bring me here today to give a talk still about
me here today to give a talk still about
me here today to give a talk still about building bridges but the different kind
building bridges but the different kind
building bridges but the different kind of bridges bridges that are needed
of bridges bridges that are needed
of bridges bridges that are needed between different disciplines and
between different disciplines and
between different disciplines and bridges that are needed between science
bridges that are needed between science
bridges that are needed between science and policy unless we work more on
and policy unless we work more on
and policy unless we work more on building those bridges and investing our
building those bridges and investing our
building those bridges and investing our time and effort in working across
time and effort in working across
time and effort in working across disciplines and working across
disciplines and working across
disciplines and working across communicating the scientific know-how
communicating the scientific know-how
communicating the scientific know-how into the policymaking community we will
into the policymaking community we will
into the policymaking community we will have additional challenges into arriving
have additional challenges into arriving
have additional challenges into arriving to the future that that we’re looking
to the future that that we’re looking
to the future that that we’re looking for and here I’d like to take this
for and here I’d like to take this
for and here I’d like to take this opportunity to talk to people of my
opportunity to talk to people of my
opportunity to talk to people of my generation the generation of future
generation the generation of future
generation the generation of future leaders generation of future scientists
leaders generation of future scientists
leaders generation of future scientists future economists future politicians and
future economists future politicians and
future economists future politicians and future engineers we do not only have the
future engineers we do not only have the
future engineers we do not only have the power but the responsibility of bridging
power but the responsibility of bridging
power but the responsibility of bridging those challenges and understanding those
those challenges and understanding those
those challenges and understanding those challenges and we have the
challenges and we have the
challenges and we have the responsibility of reversing the
responsibility of reversing the
responsibility of reversing the unsustainable trends that that we face
unsustainable trends that that we face
unsustainable trends that that we face today and in order for us to arrive to
today and in order for us to arrive to
today and in order for us to arrive to that we might need a fresh look at the
that we might need a fresh look at the
that we might need a fresh look at the way our society is function and the
way our society is function and the
way our society is function and the value systems of our societies in order
value systems of our societies in order
value systems of our societies in order to arrive to those challenges we need to
to arrive to those challenges we need to
to arrive to those challenges we need to also be doing that while keeping an open
also be doing that while keeping an open
also be doing that while keeping an open mind and looking beyond the traditional
mind and looking beyond the traditional
mind and looking beyond the traditional definitions of our disciplines and they
definitions of our disciplines and they
definitions of our disciplines and they cannot be confined within those
cannot be confined within those
cannot be confined within those definition
definition
definition and make sure that we are reaching out
and make sure that we are reaching out
and make sure that we are reaching out into other disciplines so we are able to
into other disciplines so we are able to
into other disciplines so we are able to address these challenges and while we’re
address these challenges and while we’re
address these challenges and while we’re all collectively working towards these
all collectively working towards these
all collectively working towards these goals we need to also make sure that we
goals we need to also make sure that we
goals we need to also make sure that we keep our journeys unique and personal so
keep our journeys unique and personal so
keep our journeys unique and personal so my personal journey has made me arrive
my personal journey has made me arrive
my personal journey has made me arrive today to want to contribute through
today to want to contribute through
today to want to contribute through better understanding and quantifying the
better understanding and quantifying the
better understanding and quantifying the interconnections between water energy
interconnections between water energy
interconnections between water energy and food security and translating that
and food security and translating that
and food security and translating that knowledge and spending the effort on
knowledge and spending the effort on
knowledge and spending the effort on communicating that knowledge of
communicating that knowledge of
communicating that knowledge of interconnections and trade-offs with
interconnections and trade-offs with
interconnections and trade-offs with policy makers in order to arrive to
policy makers in order to arrive to
policy makers in order to arrive to policies that are coherent and
policies that are coherent and
policies that are coherent and consistent with that understanding how
consistent with that understanding how
consistent with that understanding how will you choose to contribute and I say
will you choose to contribute and I say
will you choose to contribute and I say choose because you have the power of
choose because you have the power of
choose because you have the power of choice of either doing nothing accepting
choice of either doing nothing accepting
choice of either doing nothing accepting the status quo or having a high level of
the status quo or having a high level of
the status quo or having a high level of Mellie or ISM and being part of a 2030
Mellie or ISM and being part of a 2030
Mellie or ISM and being part of a 2030 be part of the marathon and be part of
be part of the marathon and be part of
be part of the marathon and be part of that finish line that is more
that finish line that is more
that finish line that is more sustainable equitable and inclusive for
sustainable equitable and inclusive for
sustainable equitable and inclusive for all thank you very much
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