The ClimateReady Podcast features interviews and segments on emerging trends in the intersection of climate change and water. International experts in policy, engineering, finance, and other sectors will provide cutting-edge perspectives on climate adaptation advances, challenges, and stories. This podcast is a product of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA).
COP26 Reflections: Putting the Climate Conference into Context
As the dust settles from COP26, we take one last look back at the recent global climate conference that was held in Glasgow, Scotland in early November. Spanning two weeks and including hundreds of official events on top of high-level negotiations, it’s not easy to digest all that took place. What were the major topics covered? What was achieved? And what opportunities were missed? We’re here to help put things into context.
On this episode of ClimateReady, we interview two colleagues from the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) representing different ends of the COP spectrum. John Matthews, AGWA’s Exec. Director, has been attending these events for over a decade. We also hear from Pan Ei Ei Phyoe, a young water professional who participated in her first one this year. Both share honest and insightful feedback from their days on the ground driving the water-climate agenda.
This episode is part of a four-part miniseries focusing on COP26 and international climate policy. If you’d like to support ClimateReady in creating more content in 2022, please consider donating (https://www.alliance4water.org/donate).
The Adaptation Academy: Classrooms for Catalyzing Climate Action
As climate change continues to dominate the current headlines thanks to COP26, we at ClimateReady wanted to take a look into the essential adaptation work that takes place between the annual conferences. Countries regularly develop commitments and implement programs to build climate resilience. Often, the development and shaping of country-level activities comes down to a small number of individuals such as national adaptation focal points. Who are these people working on national climate commitments? And what efforts are underway to support them?
On this episode of ClimateReady, we hear from participants in the first ever Adaptation Academy — a capacity building program under the leadership of the UNFCCC to provide technical training and peer to peer connections among those individuals responsible for national adaptation planning, implementation, and reporting (https://unfccc.int/castt-adaptation-academy). The first courses wrapped up last month, with more planned for 2022. We hear from a range of voices coming from Panama, Jamaica, Cameroon, and the Philippines about their experience in the Adaptation Academy, and how this nascent program is bringing together academia, NGOs, and government institutions to build the technical capacity needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
This episode is part of a four-part miniseries focusing on COP26 and international climate policy.
From Cairo to Costa Rica: Placing Water at the Heart of National Climate Commitments
As world leaders gather in Glasgow for COP26, it is clear that countries face serious strategic choices in how they address mitigation and build adaptation and resilience. Often undervalued in this dialogue is the critical role of water for successful climate change mitigation and adaptation actions. But some countries are beginning to demonstrate leadership on this front, with this simple message: For climate action to be effective, the role of water must be recognised.
On this episode of ClimateReady, we feature interviews with representatives of countries leading the effort to feature water resilience as key to their national climate plans. Egypt and Costa Rica are two of the first countries to pilot a new tool called the Water Tracker for National Climate Planning, indicative of their commitment towards a cross-sectoral, water-centric approach to addressing climate risks. Dr. Eman Soliman, Head of Planning Sector for Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, and Cynthia Barzuna Gutiérrez, Costa Rican Vice Minister for Water and Ocean Affairs, joined Ingrid Timboe to discuss their countries’ adaptation initiatives and COP26 priorities.
This episode is part of a four-part miniseries focusing on COP26 and work being done around national climate planning.
Countdown to COP: A Primer on This Year’s UN Climate Conference
Delayed for a full year due to the pandemic, the next major climate conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) begins later this month. Leaders from governments, civil society, and the private sector will converge in Glasgow and virtually to determine the next major steps to address the climate crisis. Can Glasgow deliver on the promises made in Paris in 2015?
On this episode of ClimateReady, we’re joined by Vel Gnanendran, Climate and Environment Advisor for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, or FCDO. With the UK as host of this year’s conference of the parties, or COP, we take the opportunity to ask Vel about the major priorities and aspirations being worked towards, and why the average person should be paying attention. Vel talks about encouraging work being done to bridge the gap between climate risks and adaptation, and the need for more locally led adaptation and access to climate finance.
This episode is the first in a four-part miniseries focused on COP26 coming out over the next month. COP26 takes place from 31 October through 12 November.
COP26 Miniseries Teaser
ClimateReady is coming back with a four-part miniseries focused around the UN’s climate change conference, or COP26, starting at the end of October, where world leaders will gather in Glasgow and virtually to try and deliver on the promise of the Paris Agreement.
In this special ClimateReady miniseries, we'll try to put things into context around COP26 priorities, existing efforts around national climate planning, and major takeaways after the global conference.
Coping with Climate: Climate Grief and Adaptation
Regardless of whether or not you realize it, the climate crisis may be taking a toll on your mental well-being. Combine that with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, economic downturns, and social distancing measures, and it’s easy to see that mental health may be more important now than ever. But for these pervasive problems with no simple solutions, how are we supposed to move past our anxiety or grief?
In this episode of ClimateReady, we are joined by clinical social worker and psychotherapist, Andrew Bryant. Andrew sat down to discuss the work he’s been doing for nearly a decade to help people understand the psychological impacts of climate change and develop strategies to regain their sense of agency. He explains the idea of “radical acceptance” and lays out a four-step approach for empowering ourselves to respond to the complex emotions resulting from the climate crisis, and highlights tools available through his Climate and Mind website (www.climateandmind.org). Many of the lessons he shares can also be applied to dealing with anxiety relating to the current pandemic as well.
Following the interview, we continue the ongoing “Climate of Hope” segment in partnership with the World Youth Parliament for Water. Lynn Porta of the North American Youth Parliament for Water discusses her graduate research in transboundary water management and international treaties, and how the trends she sees around cooperation and adaptability give her room for hope.
I'm the producer for CR; you won't hear my voice much, but I've been working on climate adaptation issues since 2003, traveling more than 1 million flight miles globally to observe and intervene on a wide range of climate change impacts and adaptation projects and policies. The people we track here represent a global voice and perspective, and we want to project a positive, active vision for how we all get climate-ready for the future. I hope you join the conversation!
Good mix of topics and perspectives
I've listened to several episodes now and they seem to have a good mix of topics to discuss. It's interesting to learn about some of the technical and some of the personal stories behind climate adaptation. Keep it up!
Great voices on international adaptation
New and substantive podcast focusing on climate adaptation. Really needed. They have managed to get a diverse set of guests, many international. Looking forward to more episodes.