Sharon Klyene & Jerry Wiles Share Global Water Awareness. More People Learn about Water through Listening, Not Reading.
Did you know that 70% to 80% of the people in the world learn more by listening than by reading? That’s an overwhelming statistic, but it’s true. It’s true because global literacy is still more a dream than a reality. Many world leaders continue to minimize the importance of education, leaving their citizens ill-prepared for a rapidly expanding, technically complex global economy and work environment. Dr. Jerry Wiles, North America Regional Director of International Orality Network & President Emeritus of Living Water International (firstname.lastname@example.org) believes that this learning reality has created a paradigm shift in international education.
Dr. Wiles met with Sharon Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® to discuss the ramifications of oral learning, the global water crisis and new water initiatives that are responding to it. Water advocate Kleyne, a leading global educator of new water research, water in the atmosphere, body water vapor and the effects of evaporation, encourages people to take more responsibility for their personal health.“We must get evaporation into our vocabulary,” Kleyne said. We also need to understand that at birth we begin an evaporation process of water loss that lasts until we die.”
Dr. Wiles sees the task ahead as raising awareness about water and its challenges. “700 million people in the world do not have access to water,” said Wiles, “while two billion more people lack sanitation in their water supplies.” Dr. Wiles explained that his organization focuses on a concept of ‘the least and last’. Wiles elaborated: “Our primary focus, our number one goal, is to relieve people who spend hours a day carrying water. We dig wells, we educate communities and we teach people how to manage and sustain their own water supplies.”
Wiles and Kleyne agreed that we must find ways to convince disinterested political leaders that making water the number one infrastructure priority is a necessity, not a luxury. Kleyne pointed to the disaster of the lead in the water pipes of Flint, Michigan, saying that “the problem is not unique to Flint. The problem exists in cities and towns all over America and elsewhere in the world.” Wiles praised Kleyne’s dedication to new water research and new technology and encouraged her to help create an ongoing global dialogue about these water issues. Wiles suggested focus groups and redoubled education efforts throughout the U.S. and elsewhere. Wiles also encouraged Americans to learn all they can about conservation. “In the U.S. our issues are much different than they are in, say, central Africa,” said Wiles. “In the U.S. we waste so much water! We misuse water, too. This has to stop because there is a finite amount of water on the planet.” Kleyne agreed, forecasting severe water shortages in the not-too-distant future if people don’t wake up and learn much more about water than they know now.