with 🎙️ Paul Gallay - Lecturer & Co-Director at the Columbia Climate School
💧 Columbia University is a global leader in climate and sustainability education, aiming to bring an interdisciplinary knowledge base for future climate leaders to work with businesses, communities, governments, and civil society to address the climate crisis.
What we covered:
🌊 Why we failed at bringing people into the Water Equation and how we can act on it today
🩺 How there's an intricate relationship between water quality and our health, and how the recent US EPA PFAS announcements moved the needle
😊 How New York has been leading the battle against emerging contaminants since the 2018 Water Protection Act
💪 How the best approach to protect quality is not to treat Water, but to protect it at the Source
🚰 How New York secured its water future by entering into a Watershed agreement in the 1990s and what it involved
💸 How nature-based solutions in the Catskill Mountains and in the Croton Watershed represented an eight-time better solution than grey-engineered alternatives
🤝 How protecting New York's watershed has a bunch of welcome side effects for the local communities
💙 Communities, Households, their link to water, societal involvement, the Army Corp of Engineers, the Hudson river... and much more!
🔥 … and of course, we concluded with the 𝙧𝙖𝙥𝙞𝙙 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙚 𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 🔥
➡️ Send your warm regards to Paul on LinkedIn.
➡️ Check Columbia University's website
➡️ A big THANK YOU to Sciens Water for enabling this episode!
➡️ Check out the full story on how New York leveraged nature to mitigate its Water Risk on the (don't) Waste Water website!