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What About Water? - Going to Extremes: Heat, Water Scarcity and Food

Going to Extremes: Heat, Water Scarcity and Food

From farmer’s fields to the high arctic, from your morning cup of coffee to a glass of wine – everything we eat and drink depends on water. In the second episode of our summer mini season, we draw from our past interviews about water scarcity and its effect on our food supply.

What About Water? - At Its Essence: What Indigenous Teachings Tell Us About Water

At Its Essence: What Indigenous Teachings Tell Us About Water

In our first mini-episode of the summer season, we turn to three guests from our past seasons to explore Indigenous ways of knowing, and to look more closely at the sacred nature of water — how various people understand it, conserve it and co-exist with it.

WAW Guest Stella Bowles

The Girl who Wanted to Swim: Tackling Sewage at the Source

On our final episode of Season 3, we hear how a 6th grade science fair project led to receiving the Order of Nova Scotia for youth environmentalist and clean water advocate, Stella Bowles. At just 11 years old, Stella learned about the 600 straight pipes flushing unprocessed sewage from homes directly into the river behind her home, the LaHave. What started as a science fair project catapulted her community – and all three levels of government – into action to clean up the LaHave. Now 18 years old and $15.7 million in government funds allocated later, Stella sits down with Jay to share her story.

WAW Guest Newsha Ajami

Water Pipes to Water Rights: Protecting Water with Newsha Ajami and Carolina Vilches

This week on What About Water?, we look at water infrastructure – from broken water pipes across America to the redistribution of water rights in Chilé – and what role governments play in fixing the systems that distribute our water.

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Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist, a professor and the Executive Director of the Global Institute for Water Security  at the University of Saskatchewan, where he holds the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing. Before moving to Saskatchewan, he served as the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.

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