Betty Castor on global importance of water

03/13/08 Seán Kinane
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Betty Castor, executive director of USF’s Patel Center for Global Solutions, spoke today about the global importance of clean water. She gave the keynote address on “International Water Day” at Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor City campus. The event was sponsored by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA).

Castor explained that the scarcity of clean water is a global concern.

Castor, who is the former commissioner of education in Florida, used the unresolved water wars between Florida, Alabama and Georgia as a close-to-home example of the importance of fresh water.

She said one function of the Patel Center is to help teach sustainable practices for water and other natural resources around the world.

Kelly Miliziano, president of the Tampa Bay Chapter of UNA-USA, says her group engages citizens in issues of public concern.

“It’s dedicated to building an understanding and support for the ideals and vital work of the United Nations among the American People.”

The UNA-USA Tampa Chapter’s Vice President of Programs, Kimberly Williams, stressed the link between the world’s women and its water supply.

Floridians need to do a better job of conserving and reusing water, according to Betty Castor, who ran for Senate in 2004.

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