Past Event

It All Flows Downstream: Following Our Oil and Water Footprints

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In the U.S., we use an average of 400 liters of water a day per person. In India, the average is 4 liters. As we consider our carbon footprints, perhaps we should also consider our oil and water footprints. What do we know about how much of these resources we use? Who ultimately bears the cost of our consumption of these resources?

Join us as we examine historical and ethical perspectives on our consumption of oil and water.


  • Debra Shore – Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (moderator)
  • Rev. Clare Butterfield, D.Min. – Executive Director, Faith in Place
  • Martin V. Melosi, Ph.D. – Distinguished University Professor of History and Director of the Center for Public History, University of Houston

Attendees will also have an opportunity to view the Field Museum’s exhibit, Water, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made online, by email at, or by calling 312.422.5580.

In response to concerns about global warming, many of us have learned more about our carbon footprints. Do you know your water footprint? Use the calculator to learn yours. Bring your water footprint figure with you to the event to enter a raffle for fun prizes. Prizes will be given at the end of the event.

This event is presented in partnership with the Field Museum and Faith in Place.

Lead sponsorship for All-Consuming is provided by the Motorola Foundation and The Boeing Company, with additional support provided by Illinois American Water.
Chicago Public Radio and Illinois Channel are the media sponsors.