You are the Weather, Part 2 (detail)
2010 - 2011 Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zurich Copyright: Roni Horn
Roni Horn is an American artist and writer whose major inspiration is water. Some of her most recent work includes a much acclaimed photographic exploration of the River Thames in London, and Water,Selected, an installation of glass columns containing water collected from some of the major glaciers around Iceland. She says water fascinates her because it is not an object but a form that exists only in its relationship to other things, and one which her imagination can manipulate and shape.
Usha Rao-Monari is the Global Head for Water and Waste at the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC. Originally from India, she is a leading advisor in water security in the public and private sectors. She believes water needs to be recognised as crucial to all areas, including development, education, public health, biodiversity and climate change.
Martin Mulenga is a senior sanitation researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development in London. He works on the crucial issue of making available clean water to those living in illegal urban developments. Underlying his work is a belief that everyone has a right to have access to water, and he shares with us his innovative and creative solutions to improve water supply.
Sixty Second Idea to Change the World
In our Sixty Second Idea to Improve the World, Usha Rao-Monari suggests giving every citizen in every country a prepaid smart card to enable them to buy water in advance. The price of the water on sale would be fixed and would be set by the poorest citizen of the country. Because many of the poor don’t have a steady income, this would enable them to fill up the card whenever they get money. Usha believes such a system would be a big step towards making everyone more equal in terms of their access to water.
In Next Week’s Programme
A show about leadership with scientist Sir Martin Rees, business leader Simon Walker and diplomat Carne Ross recorded in front of a live audience of opinion formers in Portmeiron in Wales.