Water Wars & The Common Good

Monday, February 19, 2018
Parish Hall

“Whiskey is for Drinking, Water is for Fighting!”

Gregg Garfin, PhD

Groundwater: To Enact a Law For the Common Good is a newly released film which tells the intriguing story of the process that led to the passing of Arizona’s Groundwater Management Act of 1980, a landmark law in the history of the American West. This 26-minute documentary features present-day interviews with many of the principals involved in the to-and-fro, and heated negotiations in search of compromise nearly forty years ago. It still resonates today as Arizona and so much of the rest of world struggles to curtail the depletion of precious groundwater supplies.

After viewing the film our guide for discussion, questions and answers will be Professor Gregg Garfin, PhD. Gregg is an associate professor in climate, natural resources and policy at the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment. For the last 17 years he has worked to bridge the science-society interface through dialogues between scientists and decision makers. His research is focused on climate variability and change, drought, and adaptation to a changing climate.

Gregg’s experiences as deputy director for science translation and outreach in the University’s Institute of the Environment will provide for an excellent discussion of this fascinating documentary, and the vital issues it examines, past, present and future.

The film will be introduced by Katie Hirschboeck, PhD., Catholic Climate Ambassador with the Catholic Climate Covenant and emeritus associate professor climatology in the UA’s Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, with joint appointments in Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, the School of Geography and Development, and Arid Lands Resource Sciences.

Theology Uncorked is a free program for theological reflection, good conversation, delicious wines and fresh popcorn! This program is offered usually on the first Monday of each month with presentations, movies, etc., which allow us to further examine our lives as it relates to Christ’s teachings. You are welcome to bring snacks or a bottle of wine to share as we delve into our theology! All are welcome to join us!