Focused on the Future - S01 / E01

Climate Change

In the podcast series Focused on the Future, individuals, stakeholders, and scientists come together to talk about new views on big issues based on longtermism. First up — Climate change: how do we deal with sea level rise and the future of land development in the Netherlands? 

We are raising the dikes to prevent flooding. Just as we have been doing for centuries. But can we keep on doing this, knowing that a large part of The Netherlands is already below sea level? We have invited Petra Goessen of the Regional Water Authority in the North West of The Netherlands (in Dutch: Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier) in our studio to share her thoughts about the future challenges in her work and responsibility.

Three academic thinkers join the conversation with our host Glenn van der Burg to share their longterm viewpoint on climate change:

  • Herman Kasper Gilissen, Associate Professor of Utrecht University Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law
  • Rak Kim, Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Governance in the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University
  • Kim Cohen, Assistant Professor of Physical Geography at Utrecht University

About Focused on the Future

Organizations and institutions often focus on the short term. People are tempted to get quick results. The long-term results are much less likely to be considered. Not considering the long-term results, can cause big problems when it comes to global issues like: climate change, poverty, deforestation, religious conflicts and migration. For these major issues we must develop long-term strategies.  In Focused on the Future, scientists and stakeholders talk about new views on big issues based on Longtermism.
This podcast is an initiative of Utrecht University

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