11 July 2012  – Sustainability author and consultant , Jerry Yudelson has released a three-part video series entitled “Water Wars” on his YouTube video channel

Less than 1 per cent of all water on the planet is drinkable and 1 per cent of that is readily available,

Yudelson says. He warns to prepare for a coming urban water crisis as the conflict between agriculture, mining and human consumption intensifies and leads to conflicts that will impact much of the world’s populations directly in five to 10 years.

The videos are based on Mr Yudelson’s book, Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis, which outlines how cities can prepare for a coming era of water scarcity throughout the US and much of the world.

“What we are trying to accomplish with the video medium is a new way to reach large numbers of people, so they can develop an understanding about how to prevent future urban water crises, which have become annual events in parts of the United States,” Mr Yudelson said.

The videos consist of three parts: first, an introduction to the water supply problems facing us over the coming decade; second, a discussion about the importance of changing the way we build our homes, buildings and cities; and third, action steps people, institutions and political leaders can take right now to prevent future urban water crises in their community.

Mr Yudelson collaborated with Tucson-based graphic designer, community arts organizer and performing artist, and organiser of Tucson’s annual Water Festival, Jodi Netzer to produce the videos that take a creative approach.

“I wanted to avoid your typical talking-head piece.  I decided to partner with a local artist, Jodi Netzer.  I thought her creative perspective would perk upmore ears and demonstrate how art, engineering and public policy can work together.”