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.
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.
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.
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.
Plastics are Forever
Dr. Chelsea Rochman, an associate professor at the University of Toronto, says plastic, everyone's favourite cheap and easy resource, comes with a high price. Microscopic pieces of plastic flake off every time we wield a disposable bag, or wash a polyester sweater, or any number of things. They permeate our water, air, soil, bodies, even unborn foetuses. It's a problem that will plague humans for untold generations unless, she says, we take aggressive action to control our plastic addiction.
Slippery Slopes: Canadian Recreation Meets Climate Change
This week climatologist Micah Hewer and economist Pat Lloyd-Smith tell Jay about the good, the bad, and the ugly effects of global warming on Canada's outdoor recreation sector. On the bad side of the ledger: shorter downhill skiing and skating seasons and slime-covered lakes in the summer. On the good side: longer, better seasons for outdoor pursuits like hunting, bird watching and cross-country skiing. And one of the best of all: better, more widespread winemaking, especially of fine red wine.
Brother Ocean, Sister Lake: Why Water Deserves Respect and Human Rights
Dr. Kelsey Leonard, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo and member of the Shinnecock Nation, discusses how Indigenous views on the personhood of water can save that water. More and more bodies of water around the world are being granted legal personhood status, which gives them the right to be defended from industrial pollution. Dr. Leonard is fighting to make water justice a priority across government and bridge the gap between Indigenous belief and Western law.
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talk about edutainment
okay, firstly i MUST shout out that opening music track. i never thought i would be getting so PUMPED to be talking about water, but that track really pulls me in.
seriously though — this podcast is a great example of edu-tainment; i’m learning so much about the current situation with our world’s water supply, but also just genuinely enjoy listening because of the host! he’s got such a welcoming, down to the earth energy and it makes me it feel like i’m just listening to a friend talk.
definitely gonna tell my friends about this, it really is such an important topic that i don’t think a lot of people think about..but i’m glad someone is leading the conversation. cheers!
Making water fun again
The ‘delightfully glum’ Jay Famiglietti and his team do a great job interviewing a diverse set of water experts - bringing optimism to otherwise dreary topics. Also has decent theme music!