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For real tho…#ClimateChangeisWaterChange. Retweet and let’s get this conversation started.

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#climatechangeiswaterchange first appeared on Twitter from @AndrewBGrinberg on Apr 7, 2016. The hashtag has appeared in less than 100 tweets since. Water is essentially excluded from the climate conversation. When Jerry Brown hosted the Global Climate Action Summit in 2018, water was demoted to “affiliate” status at the conference, suggesting that water is somehow only “affiliated” to climate change. 

Why is this the case when most of the impacts of climate change are being felt through the medium of water – either too much, not enough or increased intensity? Think of the residents of Chennai lining up for water as their taps have run dry. What about in New York City, where 27 billion gallons of raw sewage is discharged to the ocean annually because of increased rainfall of 1/10th of an inch. And in Southern China, severe flooding has forced over 200,000 people to evacuate their homes this month alone. Currently, 1 in 7 people live in flood prone areas. By 2050, 50% of the global population will be experiencing water scarcity for at least a month of every year. 

Imagine H2O, the global water innovation accelerator and nonprofit, will lead a lively session exploring controversial statements around #climatechangeiswaterchange. 

This session will be structured as follows:

  • Brief introductory presentation by Imagine H2O around the argument that #climatechageiswaterchange
  • Controversial statements panel
    • Statements sourced through a social media campaign (Twitter, Instagram and Tiktok) leading up to the event. Illustrative examples: 
      • Water is left out of the climate conversation
      • Water is at the epicenter of climate change
      • Water doesn’t get enough attention relative to renewable energy  
    • Panel discussions/debate between experts around the questions
    • Interactive voting from the audience on each question 
  • Final voting around if #climatechangeiswaterchange

Confirmed Panelists

Facilitator

Kelly Trott, Vice President, Imagine H2O

 

Panelists

Allegra Gordon, Program Officer, Oceankind

Sandi Matsumoto, Associate Director, CA Water Program

Nick Tandi, Senior Water Resources Management Specialist, 2030 Water Resources Group at The World Bank

 

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  1. It still surprises me that people I speak to are surprised that climate change will impact water availability. We need to increase understanding of the implications of a 2degree increase – beyond temperature.

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