How are coastal regions affected by sea level rise and extreme weather events? Which politics and power dynamics are at play in confronting climate change? And what are possible paths forward? In his latest book The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World acclaimed American writer and journalist Jeff Goodell gives the definitive account of the coming water. As he travels across twelve countries and reports from the front lines, he employs fact, science, and first-person, on-the-ground journalism to emphasize how the climate is already changing the world as we know it. Amidst this turmoil, Jeff Goodell gives a lecture followed by a conversation with Henk Ovink, first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of The Netherlands.
In collaboration with Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of The Netherlands
Jeff Goodell is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone Magazine and the author of five books, including Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future and The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World. As a commentator on energy and climate issues, Goodell has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, ABC, Fox News and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Henk Ovink is the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of The Netherlands and Sherpa to the UN / World Bank High Level Panel on Water. He served on President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and was Principal for Rebuild by Design. He was Curator for the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012 and teaches at the London School of Economics and at Harvard GSD.
Geert Maarse is a journalist and programme-maker. Having worked for Erasmus University for over five years, he is specialized in connecting scientific research to public debate. He has a background in Business Administration and Cultural Studies. He is the founder and regular host of Studio Erasmus, a monthly science magazine broadcasted by OPEN Rotterdam. He worked on a documentary and published in a number of online and offline media (de Volkskrant, Vers Beton, Erasmus Magazine).