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Virtual water at the Eden Project's Festival of Hope

Posted on 08/03/2017

Last November, Emeritus Professor Tony Allan, Department of Geography at King's, joined the Festival of Hope at the Eden Project in Cornwall to raise awareness about the importance of sustainability.

The inaugural festival saw artists including Ashley Cooper of Global warming Images, and Chouette Films join forces with a host of researchers, environmental activists and food entrepreneurs to explore solutions to increase sustainable living and reduce carbon emmisions.

Professor Allan is most famous for his revolutionary concept ‘virtual water’, which has provided society with a new way to measure the water required in food production. For example, one apple requires seventy litres of water to grow. He said of the Festival of Hope, ‘Speakers, activists and filmmakers showed how the ecosystems on which sustainable food production depends are being protected.’

Praising the ‘hopeful messages’ and the calls for the ecosystems on which sustainable production relies to be protected, Professor Allan further explained, ‘Voices that inform us about the essential links between food producers and food consumers are very important. They feed us and must also save the planet.’

Those who would like to hear more before the next Festival of Hope, the film screened at the Festival, AGHBALOU: The source of water by Chouette Films has just been awarded AAAS!’s Best Film of 2016 award and is currently available to watch online.

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