The Untold Story of Global Sand Crisis and Why We Are Running out it with Vince Beiser


Date: Thursday, February 4th, 2021 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm EST
Location: Zoom

Next to water, sand is our most consumed natural resource. Sand built the twentieth century’s industrialized world as we know it, and made a significant contribution to the economy and society. The increase of rapid urbanization from the high-tech to construction industries around the world is causing us to consume sand at an unprecedented rate. Today, global demand for sand and gravel stands between 40 billion and 50 billion tonnes annually, according to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the world may be running out of it soon.

Vince Beiser, an award-winning journalist and author of “The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization,” will be telling the story of sand and how the world needs to start paying attention to sand as a resource that needs research, management, and governance. We will be getting an in-depth look at the global sand crisis and global biodiversity loss starting with the world’s most overlooked natural resource – sand.

• As part of this event, we invite you, the community, engineers, students, and learners, to come prepared with a change/idea regarding engineers’ and society’s roles and ethnical obligations to tackle biodiversity loss

• We will end the session with a Q&A to answer any questions you may have about sand and engineers’ role in sustainable development


About the Speaker:
zipVince Beiser is an award-winning journalist and author of “The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization.” Hailed as “stunning” (NPR), and “impassioned and alarming,” (Washington Post), the book was a finalist for a 2019 PEN America award and a California Book Award.

In his 20-plus years in journalism, Vince has reported from over 100 countries, states, provinces, kingdoms, occupied territories, no man’s lands, and disaster zones. He has exposed conditions in California’s harshest prisons, trained with troops bound for Iraq, ridden with the first responders to natural disasters, scouted the radioactive ruins of Fukushima, and hunted down other stories from around the world for publications including Wired, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Time, The Guardian, Mother Jones, Playboy, Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

Vince’s work has been honored by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Columbia, Medill and Missouri Graduate Schools of Journalism, and many other institutions. He has three times been part of a team that won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence and shared in an Emmy for his work with the PBS TV series SoCal Connected. He is also a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.


Jennifer Lu, M.Eng., P.Eng.
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