Water is life – something we learn as children. Water, air, and sustenance are critical to survival. This blog was created as a place to share and learn information about my passion – h20. A few years ago, I also recognized the importance of incorporating sanitation into the conversation. Over 2.4 billion humans lack safe toilets, and many of us with toilets pee and poo in potable water. Primary subjects in this blog will include:
- Water Availability
- Water Management
- Water Technologies
- Gender and Water Issues
- Water and Sanitation Issues
My name is Abby. In late 2010, I finished a master’s degree in Water Resources Policy and Management at Oregon State University. In 2012, I moved to Santa Cruz, California to attend a PhD program in Environmental Sociology. I am thankful to have the opportunity to pursue higher education (
be in the right place, at the right time based on timing and social factors), and feel dedicated to use this knowledge to make our participate in a world more equitable and fair. I believe:
- it is imperative global water supplies are managed to ensure availability for current and future generations;
- access to clean water and adequate sanitation are fundamental human rights, and;
- the current “global-framework” is not functioning for preservation of this precious resource but within this “global-framework” the opportunity exists to ensure fair use of water throughout the world.
To understand more about my passion in the field, a brief bio might be helpful. I grew up in East Tennessee. As a kid, my sense-of-place was realized during barefoot adventures on moss-covered forest floors, running through cow-fields to evade the neighborhood bull, and swimming in local creeks with friends. I did not realize at the time what lasting reverberations these experiences would cause in my life as an adult (or the agricultural pollutants that filled my local swimming hole). For the last few years, I have been working in the watershed field. Beginning as an environmental educator in Tennessee, continuing to study sustainable agriculture and forest restoration in Central America, leading to writing water-right permits in Washington, volunteering with an awesome sanitation organization in Oregon, attending graduate school in Water Resources Policy and Management in Oregon, interning and conducting research on gender, water, and sanitation in India, and attending graduate school again in Environmental Sociology in California. My primary interest areas are: 1) environmental justice in relation to water and sanitation and 2) empowerment and gender equality in relation to water and sanitation.