The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Can climate change be a personal crisis as well as an institutional or technical one?

This guest blog is written by Ingrid Timboe, a member of the AGWA Secretariat.

Born in the 1980s, I grew up during a time of increasing climate awareness as the concept of human-induced climate change moved out of obscurity and into the mainstream. I have no trouble believing what the science tells us: that global warming is real, it’s here, and it will continue to impact our planet in varying ways for decades if not centuries. But it wasn’t until a few years ago, listening to a piece of music for solo piano entitled “Elegy for the Arctic” by Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi, that I fully connected with the reality of climate change and what it means for us and for our planet. As I listened and later watched the video of Einaudi playing this beautiful composition floating in front of Norway’s Wahlenbergbreen glacier, I felt profound sorrow for what is happening. At the same time, his music moved me to feel an even deeper commitment to keep working.

Nearly everything about climate change – from the name itself to the global phenomena it generates – is maddeningly complex, broad, and impersonal. For example, it is rather difficult to elicit strong emotions or personal connection with words and phrases like “CO₂ concentration,” “mitigation,” or “general circulation models.” But strong emotions are precisely what is required to respond to the very real and present threats associated with a changing climate.

AGWA Launching Its Own "ClimateReady" Podcast

AGWA has created a new podcast series focused on international climate change issues, stories, and initiatives. The ClimateReady Podcast features interviews and segments on emerging trends in the intersection of climate and water. Experts in policy, engineering, finance, and other sectors will provide cutting-edge perspectives and narratives on climate adaptation challenges and opportunities. AGWA has released several episodes for your listening pleasure!
  • Ep. 1 - Climate Adaptation Crash Course
  • Ep. 2 - COP23 Water & Climate Policy Primer (featuring AGWA's Co-Chair Maggie White)
  • Ep. 3 - Decision Making Under Uncertainty
  • Ep. 4 - Climate Change & Community-based Adaptation in the Himalayas
You have several listening options depending on your preference. All episodes are available on the brand new Knowledge Platform. Or, you can listen and subscribe using iTunes or SoundCloud. We hope you’ll enjoy the first few episodes and subscribe for future installments. Read More...