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Stephen Leahy

Photo: Renee Leahy 2015

Stephen is an award winning journalist and author who has been writing about science and environmental issues from dozens of countries for more than 20 years. He has been published in many leading publications around the world including National Geographic, New Scientist, The London Sunday Times, The Guardian, Vice Magazine, Al Jazeera, Maclean’s Magazine, Earth Island Journal, DeSmog Canada, The Toronto Star, Wired News, China Dialogue, Mo Magazine (Europe), TerraGreen (India), and Common Dreams.

Stephen is author of Anderson Prize winning Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use To Make Everyday Products

For many years Stephen was the senior science and environment correspondent for the Rome-headquartered Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS), the world’s largest not-for-profit global news agency. 

Prior to journalism, Stephen had a successful career in the private sector. He is currently a Fellow at the International League of Conservation Writers and professional member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. He is a co-winner of the 2012 Prince Albert/United Nations Global Price for Climate Change and Environment Reporting.

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Publications

Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use To Make Everyday Products. Firefly Books, 2014

Awards

Lane Anderson Award for the best science writing in Canada for Your Water Footprint, 2015
Green Book Festival - Best Science Book for Your Water Footprint, 2015
Prince Albert/United Nations Global Price for Climate Change and Environment Reporting for Environmental Journalism in various media, 2012
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Description

WATER IS MORE VALUABLE AND USEFUL THAN OIL

It takes more than 7,600 liters (2,000 gallons) of water to make a single pair of jeans. That morning cup of coffee required 140 liters (37 gallons) of water before it found its way to your table—water that was used to grow, process and ship the coffee beans. When we spend money on food, clothes, cellphones or even electricity, we are buying water — a shockingly large amount of water.

This presentation is based on my award winning book, Your Water Footprint reveals how water is essential to our way of life in ways we never imagined. While water usage continues to soar, shortages now affect more than 3 billion people including millions of Americans and Canadians. A decade from now 3 out of 5 people will face water shortages.

Presentation Length:
15 to 45 min
Genre:
Non-fiction: Science and Environment
Grades:
4 to university
Audience size:
any
Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$$
GST:
GST not applicable