The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

OOSKAnews Voices: Fighting the Language of Resilience: Godzilla vs The Blob

OOSKAnews Voices is a new series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages. In this piece John H. Matthews, co-founder and secretariat coordinator for AGWA, discusses the challenges in clearly defining "resilience" as it relates to climate change.

Much of the work of addressing climate impacts from water threats is difficult to communicate. It is no easy feat to come up with a clear and consistent definition for "resilience," even though it is one of the more often-used terms in the field. In this article resilience takes on some interesting forms - Godzilla vs The Blob.

Just as the two monsters are quite different, resilience can mean very different things depending on the context. Resilience to disasters is quite different from resilience to water and climate issues. Do these movie monsters provide any more insight into “resilience?” Read the full article to see why it is so important to address the language of resilience in order to prepare for our climate future - whatever it may hold.
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