Water stories from the heart

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A bi-weekly update for water enthusiasts and climate experts.

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#24・

“Every development should be climate proof”

Hi there,Thanks for joining me for what I hope will be a particularly valuable issue of Water Stories from the Heart.Aggravated by climate change, there is a surge in sea level rise, floods, droughts and heat waves, and an increasing pressure on river deltas.…

 
#23・

Your gift makes a difference! 🙏🏽

Hello readers, At Nextblue, we begin our journey this new year with renewed hope, knowing that you will continue to travel along with us.Your support, much like water, is the lifeline for our work. With it, we reach out to some of the most vulnerable communit…

 
#22・

We were sustained by small kindnesses

Hi there,As 2021 draws to a close, the world is facing numerous crises. The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. The climate crisis is here. Droughts, heatwaves and floods are increasing. Despite the challenging situation, we can change course by moving from d…

 
#21・

Social media and its role in fighting climate change

Hi there,Thank you for joining me this week.We have recently launched our programme Towards a climate resilient society for all — through social media granted by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) with support from the Swedish government (SIDA). Niall O’Co…

 
#20・

Water and climate change stories in Kenya

Hi there,Thank you for joining me this week.I would like to introduce you to freelance journalist and editor Geoffrey Kamadi from Kenya. He will cover our stories from the African continent. Geoffrey wrote this very interesting piece about the Tana River in 2…

 
#19・

Navigating the Sundarbans

Hi there,Thank you for joining me this week.We are working hard on some video productions, especially one for the Dutch Research Council (NWO). It will host a conference, Breaking Barriers, set up to demonstrate the role and importance of research for sustain…

 
#18・

Who has ever imagined the impact of 1.2 metre sea level rise?

Hi there,Thank you for joining me this week.It was wonderful to premiere our film Me and Mekong to a great audience at the Watersnoodmuseum in the Netherlands. Thanks to the Watersnoodmuseum, our partners, and community for making it happen!Are you interested…

 
#17・

Moving photos

Hi there, This week, we’re sharing some powerful images made by our storytellers. These photographs reveal the raw reality of how people are struggling with the impact of climate change around the world. Water is the primary medium through which we will feel …

 
#16・

How to become resilient?

Hi there,Thanks for joining us this week.We had a great week, because we launched our latest documentary film Water Stories from Bangladesh during an online event. It was a great pleasure to host a discussion with many experts, journalists and ambassadors of …

 
#15・

Water stories from Bangladesh

Hello all,Hope your weekend is going well!It's time to share a big project we have been working on. At the beginning of this year we received a grant from Earth Journalism Network to start our journalism project 'Bangladesh and Climate Change'.We created a un…

 
#14・

On poetry and water

Hello all,Thank you for joining me. This week, I would like to share a poem with you. For me, poetry is a form of storytelling. Shining a light on our vulnerabilities, it helps us to appreciate the world while relating and empathising with one another. In its…

 
#13・

A South Indian Coastal Fort with a Dutch connection

A south Indian Coastal Fort with a Dutch connectionWe had gone to the southern tip of India for a family wedding. With time on our hands we went birding in nearby places and ended up in Vattakottai, a granite coastal fort. In Tamil language, Vattakottai trans…

 
#12・

Deceivingly peaceful

The Ardennes stretch from North-East France, across Belgium and into Luxembourg, and are well-known for their enchanting forests, meandering rivers and culinary delights. The landscapes are said to ooze with authenticity, doing away with the rapidity of life.…

 
#11・

My love affair with water

Hi there,Thanks for joining me this week. Before we dive into the story by our new editor, Parveen Ahmed from Bangladesh, I'll give some reflections on last week’s floods in Europe that killed more than 200 people, shut down transportation, destroyed homes an…

 
#10・

When water bodies dry up

Hi there,Thanks for joining me this week.Before we dive into the story of our editor Jency Samuel, I'll give a summary of the events that we had organised last week.The Dutch Research Council NWO has been running Urbanising Deltas of the World programme since…

 
#9・

Building bridges

Hello all,I hope your weekend is going well.Over the past weeks, we have successfully organised a two-day training on storytelling with 20 participants from Bangladesh. This training is the first step in training local communities, co-producing stories with t…

 
#8・

Rafting the mighty Colorado

Hello all,Thanks for joining us this week.This week we have put together a small collection of videos and Twitter posts, along with a story from our editor Rex about the mighty Colorado River.Have a good read.

 
#7・

The Dutch Mountains

Hello all,Today I would like to talk about the large walls that hold back rivers, otherwise known as dikes. They are defining characteristic of the Dutch landscape, with approximately 18.000 km's running through the Netherlands.When I think back to my childho…

 
#6・

Yes, it can be done!

Hello all,Thank you for joining me this week. We received positive feedback from partner organisations about our approach to train deltaic communities, co-produce stories, and organise live events to share local knowledge with an international audience.Actual…

 
#5・

Coastal experiences in Ireland

Hello all,I hope your weekend is going well.This week we have put together a small collection of videos and Twitter posts, along with a story from our editor Oscar about language and how it is entangled with coastal experiences in Ireland.Every time when we r…