THE MURKY DEPTHS
Clean, fresh water is essential to our health. Here in Aotearoa New Zealand, our water is threatened not only by climate change, but by poor industrial farming practices, population growth, and under-investment. This conversation illuminates the need for strong governance in addressing water security, as well as addressing the issues underlying the Three Waters discussion. Consideration is given to the value of freshwater and the ways the 100% Pure New Zealand concept play in our cultural identity.
Our host Dr Sarah Jane O’Connor is joined in this episode by green criminologist, Dr Sarah Monod De Froideville (School of Social and Cultural Studies), and environmental economist, Dr Julia Talbot-Jones (School of Government), to discuss the murky depths of our discourse on water.
1. Why is clean water essential to achieving sustainability?
2. What is the significance of the Whanganui river being granted legal rights?
3. How can the concept of Te Mana o te Wai or Mātauranga Māori contribute to addressing our water challenges?
4. How does water quality impact on your personal life now and in the future?
5. How does water security relate to the SDGs?