Multimedia Homework. Share Your Reactions.

Click on this link and view the 20 minute interview of Steven Solomon on the Tavis Smiley show. Then write a 5-7 sentence response (click on the “leave a comment” hyperlink) in Standard English. You can respond to any topic that is covered in the interview or focus primarily on your current specialty or a future specialty. Be sure to click the 20 minute interview; not the 2 minute video. The transcript is also available for you. Please complete by 9pm on Sunday night.

Steven Solomon’s Interview on the Tavis Smilely Show


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11 Responses to Multimedia Homework. Share Your Reactions.

  1. avery schuster says:

    I thought this interview was very interesting. It is incredible how much it takes to make things. He said 2,000 gallons of water to make a single computer chip! This interview explains the shocking reality of how much water we use and how we are running out. There needs to be a solution before wars about water break out. More people should watch this video to learn how important it is to be resourceful with water.

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  4. 11kh says:

    I really enjoyed listening to this interview! First of, I love the name of his book; “Water is the epic struggle of Wealth, Power and Civilization”. I think we should use that in our newsletter? Another reason for why I really liked listening to this was because I knew a lot of the things they were talking about, because we have talked about it for our newsletter. I noticed that they talked about water and politics, and I think that is something we should include in our next newsletter.
    Listening to this made me feel a little guilty – especially when he said that we consume water at twice the rate of our population growth, that was very scary to hear. It was interesting to hear him say that this is the greatest crisis most americans have never heard of, it proof´s that we really are taking water for granted.
    It surprised me how he said that he has hope that technology will save us, it made me realize that we are dependent on so many things. Lastly, I really liked how he said that climate change affects/effects water and we have to address the environmental issues before we can do anything about the water issues – it looks like we have a lot of work to do!

  5. Shrimp Chip says:

    This video was very eye opening. I definitely learned new things about water, such as how the industrial area uses more water than agriculture. We use a lot of water around the world. Americans cannot see that fresh water is becoming scarce because as Steve Solomon said, America is one of the rich water countries. America has a small enough population where water would not be an issue.

  6. gflaplante says:

    Having recently begun reading Solomon’s book, I am impressed by the way he masterfully weaves together the history, geography, science, politics and importance of water into a story of human civilization. As Karoline points out in her comment, many of the topics introduced in the interview have been part of our course curriculum thus far; yet we have hardly begun to probe the depths on most of them. Each day of class and each step of research brings another reminder of how critical an understanding of this topic will be for the next generation of global leaders.

  7. 321theguy123 says:

    I liked how he commented about how important water has been since the beginning of civilization. I also liked the parts about industrialization/engineering parts towards the beginning. He made the connection between hydro power and its relative cheap output to underline waters important in our industrialization. With hydro power, we were able to make aluminum much easier. I also never thought of the fact that steam engines were powered by water. I new what steam was, but never made that distinct connection.

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  9. bsullivan35 says:

    Solomon’s discussion of Pakistan, “our ultimate failed state nightmare scenario,” reminded me of our talk on the water cycle three weeks ago when we displayed images of the Himalayan glaciers. Pakistan’s Indus River, which does not flow to its delta, receives water from these glaciers. An interesting development to our viewing of those Himalayan glaciers and the date of this interview (dated April 2010) is a “flood” of news coverage over a recent study on these glaciers. The study challenges the IPCC’s 2007 estimates for the Himalayan glaciers melting by 2035. How can we find out more about these glaciers that Solomon mentions? How can we navigate through the media to understand the report? Will this new report influence our understanding of the water issue in this region?

  10. 11kh says:

    Most Important crisis:
    – Because we will eventually run out and we cant live without
    – Fight/wars
    – The climate change has had a bad effect on the water issue
    – Bottle water; bad for the environment
    – Politics and water

  11. Shrimp Chip says:

    Most important crisis; America oblivious to water crisis; we still abuse our water.

    Water has been a source of power since beginning of civilizations

    Technology requires us to use more water i.e. dams steam engine

    Clean Water Act effects; businesses change.

    Rivers do not flow to the delta i.e. Pakistan and the Indus River

    Underground water sources beginning to dwindle

    Bottled water issues

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