On November 22, 2019, co-host Claudiu Murgan and I launched the podcast Age of Water in Toronto, Ontario.
The podcast is devoted to informing and entertaining you with topics about water and the environment. We interview scientists, journalists, writers, academia and innovators who share their knowledge and opinions about the real state of the environment and what committed individuals and groups are doing to make a difference. We talk about the problems and we talk about the solutions.
The format of our podcast was a combination of chat cast and informal interview. We cover anything of interest from breaking environmental news to evergreen material. This also included human interest stories, readings of eco-literature, discussion of film and other media productions of interest.
Claudiu suggested doing the podcast during a discussion we had about what we could do to make a difference and to help bring more awareness about the environmental challenges we face in water issues and geopolitics.
We both agreed that the podcast should not only explore the issues but also present solutions and ideas in the ongoing conversation. We wanted to point to ways others could participate by talking to those who were indeed making a difference. So far, we talked to people about positive initiatives such as 350.org, Drawdown, blue communities, Extinction Rebellion and several others. We’ve talked to homeowners and entrepreneurs with innovative ideas on what individuals can do at home and in their community.
The name of the podcast came from my upcoming book “A Diary in the Age of Water,” a novel that chronicles the lives of four generations of women and their relationship with water during a time of catastrophic change. The book will be launched by Inanna Publications in Toronto in May 2020.
Guests have come from around the world to join us in monthly interviews on Age of Water. These have included so far: Canadian award-winning author Candas Jane Dorsey in Calgary, Alberta; activist/author Kaz LeFave in Toronto; Finnish award-winning author Emmi Itaranta in the UK; and Toronto film educators The Water Brothers. We interviewed environmental activist Liz Couture with Drawdown; Zen master Ian Prattis in Ottawa; activist/author Merilyn Ruth Liddel in Calgary, Alberta; and climate researcher / author Martin Bush in Toronto, ON. Our interview list also includes environmental researcher/author Carly Nuday from California; big-tree ecologist Ira Sutherland in Vancouver, BC; writer Colleen Winter from Calgary, Alberta; meteorologist Mark Robinson from Toronto, ON; and author/poet Lucia Gorea from Nanaimo, BC. More are scheduled to be interviewed.
In February 2020, we started a reading series on Age of Water, in which Claudiu or I did a reading from a fiction or non-fiction work that resonated with us, followed by a discussion. The first reading was from my book “Water Is…The Meaning of Water,” a celebration of water, which was selected by Margaret Atwood as her choice reading in the New York Times ‘Year in Reading.
March 2022 Addendum: the Age of Water Podcast is currently on hiatus (since 2021). You can listen to most of the interviews and readings from 2019 to 2021 on this site by using the keyword “Age of Water Podcast” on this site.
Nina Munteanu is a Canadian ecologist / limnologist and novelist. She is co-editor of Europa SF and currently teaches writing courses at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. Visit www.ninamunteanu.ca for the latest on her books. Nina’s bilingual “La natura dell’acqua / The Way of Water” was published by Mincione Edizioni in Rome. Her non-fiction book “Water Is…” by Pixl Press (Vancouver) was selected by Margaret Atwood in the New York Times ‘Year in Reading’ and was chosen as the 2017 Summer Read by Water Canada. Her novel “A Diary in the Age of Water” will be released by Inanna Publications (Toronto) in May 2020.