With over 1.1 billion people without access to clean drinking water, our global water crisis requires a fundamental change in how we view, manage and treat water. The United Nations’ 2012 World Water Development Report cites four key contributors to our current water shortages: economic growth, increased population, rapid increase in the need for food and energy and climate issues. As pointed out in the recent Yale Insights article, the study’s conclusions point to the fact that freshwater availability is complex problem that must be considered in all of civilization’s development efforts.
To that end, the world of cleantech has a crucial role to play in ensuring a sustainable water supply for future generations. In the Yale Insights interview below, Anupam Bhargava (Clearwater Systems CEO) discusses cleantech, entrepreneurship, and opportunities for increased water availability.
In the , Bhargava addresses the following topics:
- The relationship between economic development and water use
- Raising awareness and educating the marketplace
- Social responsibility: going beyond passion for a cause