Time is running out to rescue and repair the planet, climate scientists keep telling us.They say that soon fresh water will be more precious than gold. They warn that no one will be untouched. But is anyone really listening?

We say: It’s time to call in the artists!

After Water is a project of Chicago Public Media’s WBEZ. We’re inviting writers to peer into the future—100 years or more—and imagine the region around the Great Lakes, when water scarcity is a dominant social issue.It’s a cosmic blend of art and science. We’ll post stories, research, photos and more. Add your own.

Front and Center is funded by The Joyce Foundation: Improving the quality of life in the Great Lakes region and across the country.