We are now living in the Age of Water. Water is the new “gold”, with individuals, corporations and countries positioning themselves around this precious resource. Water is changing everything. The Age of Water Podcast covers anything of interest from breaking environmental news to evergreen material. This also includes human interest stories, readings of eco-literature, discussion of film and other media productions of interest.
In this seventh Interview Episode of Age of Water, we join entrepreneur activist Liz Couture in Richmond Hill, Ontario, where she discusses her environmental and social initiatives to apply Drawdown solutions to her community through engagement.
Liz Couture is the lead organizer for Drawdown Richmond Hill, a breakout group from Drawdown Toronto. The core group is planning around 30 of the solutions from the book DRAWDOWN: the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. Through writing, the arts, conversations and speaking to groups, Liz hopes to help shift the mass consciousness about climate change to informed and well-planned action about solutions. Liz has volunteered with Green Party of Ontario, Fair Vote Canada, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Blue Dot Group, and Target Climate Change.
Project Drawdown is the world’s leading resource for climate solutions. Their mission is to help the world reach “Drawdown”—the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and star to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change—as quickly, safely and equitably as possible.
Project Drawdown uses the NYT bestselling book Drawdown edited by Paul Hawken as a compendium of successfully used solutions. The book represents the efforts of an international coalition of leading researchers, scientists, and policymakers to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. ALL the solutions provided have been successfully tested and used somewhere. They are economically viable and communities throughout the world have and are enacting them. Solutions span a wide arena from revolutionizing how we produce and consume food to educating girls in lower-income countries. If deployed collectively on a global scale, drawdown may be achieved in the next thirty years. Says Project Drawdown:
Drawdown describes the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. For each solution, we describe its history, the carbon impact it provides, the relative cost and savings, the path to adoption, and how it works.
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” was released by Inanna Publications (Toronto) in June 2020.