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A podcast about the future of our planet's water — and why you should care. Hosted by Jay Famiglietti and presented by the Global Institute for Water Security and The Walrus Lab.

Let's Talk About Water Global Institute for Water Security

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    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

A podcast about the future of our planet's water — and why you should care. Hosted by Jay Famiglietti and presented by the Global Institute for Water Security and The Walrus Lab.

    Best of Season 2

    Best of Season 2

    We've had a great second season on Let's Talk About Water, diving deep into some of the planet's most pressing water concerns. We looked at disadvantaged communities who don't have access to safe drinking water, and at the activists fighting to change that. We talked about how the politics of 2020 impacted water rights. And we confronted the climate crisis, examining the many ways rising sea levels and polluted waters endanger us all. Have a listen to some of our best moments of Season Two.

    • 5 min
    Towards a Better World with Jeffrey Sachs: Director's Cut

    Towards a Better World with Jeffrey Sachs: Director's Cut

    Mark World Water Day on March 22 by checking out our extended director's cut of "Towards a Greener, Better World with Jeffrey Sachs". Tune in as Dr. Sachs dives deeper into how humanity's 50,000-year-old dependence on conflict and suspicion keep us from enjoying the full benefits of our technological revolution. When we forget about territory or division and focus on innovation and exchange, Dr. Sachs argues, we can accomplish great things – to heal the planet and change the world.

    • 43 min
    Towards a Greener, Better World with Jeffrey Sachs

    Towards a Greener, Better World with Jeffrey Sachs

    World-renowned economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs believes humanity can leap forward with science and technology – but only if we drop our primeval addiction to war and conflict. We can create new vaccines in less than a year or measure water below ground using satellites in spaces, but political institutions are still locked in a 50,000-year-old "Us vs. Them" mindset that prevents global cooperation and advancement. With a broader, more inclusive worldview, Dr. Sachs says, we can create a more sustainable plane

    • 27 min
    Liquid Assets: Water on Wall Street

    Liquid Assets: Water on Wall Street

    Colorado water lawyer James Eklund and California water policy expert Ellen Hanak talk to Jay about the future of water -- or rather, about water futures. Water futures and securities are increasingly valuable investments. Some may feel anxiety at letting financial markets commodify such a basic human essential, but Eklund and Hanak, whose states have unique systems of water rights, say it's a legitimate resource management tool and way forward for landowners struggling to monetize their assets.

    • 30 min
    Broken Promises, New Solutions: The Future of First Nations Water Quality

    Broken Promises, New Solutions: The Future of First Nations Water Quality

    For thousands of years Indigenous North Americans drank some of the world's purest drinking water. Then came colonization and government neglect. First Nations' water quality fell and, with it, their health. But as Jay learns, change is coming thanks to Indigenous Water Protectors, like Deon Hassler, a teacher of water treatment plant operators for the File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council, and helpers, like Bob Patrick, a water expert at the University of Saskatchewan.

    • 27 min
    A Conversation With Felicia Marcus

    A Conversation With Felicia Marcus

    In this episode, Jay talks with an old friend about hope: hope for cleaner and safer water in America. Felicia Marcus is an attorney/consultant who has served in government, the non-profit world, and the private sector. She's been a board member on numerous national and international bodies, including one that oversees Canada-U.S. water issues. She is currently the Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University's Woods Institute Water in the West Program.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

PrairieEarth ,

Interesting, fun, and relevant - Subscribed!

Just what I’ve been looking for - a fun podcast that keeps me informed of the most pressing issues of water and sustainability today, all in a format that fits into my morning routine.

The issues and guests featured on the show have all been interesting so far, with broad appeal whether from the perspective of an informed citizen or as someone interested in science and hydrology. The host keeps the discussion moving, with just enough humour to keep the discussion lively while staying on point.

This podcast always leaves me with something interesting to think about - definitely worth following.

Sleepless Grad Student ,

Give me more!!

The perfect balance of entertaining and informative!! Love the "future jay” bits!

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