There are so many different dimensions to water – it provides habitat for many plants and animals, energy and recreation for millions of people, and is essential for life. Yet …

Halperin: “It seemed like it was only covered when there was a crisis, which due to climate change seems to be happening more and more. So we wanted to deepen people’s understanding of the resource on which our lives depend – to conserve it, to protect it, and most of all to respect it – not only for what it provides to us as humans, but for wildlife, and habitats, and ecosystems.”

That’s Frani Halperin, co-executive producer of H2O radio, a weekly program about water. She says that in discussing water sustainability, they inevitably cover climate change.

Halperin: “The story of climate change for us is told through water. So that means more extreme weather, severe droughts, floods, sea level rise, melting ice caps. It doesn’t seem that there’s a story out there that we can’t link back to climate change.”

Since water is a resource that affects everyone, Halperin hopes that by using water to talk about climate change, people will learn more and be inspired to get involved.

Note: H2O Radio is a Yale Climate Connections Partner.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.
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Bud Ward is Editor of Yale Climate Connections. He started his environmental journalism career in 1974. He later served as Assistant Director of the U.S. Congress's National Commission on Air Quality,...