"The Slow Water Movement" with author Erica Gies

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"The Slow Water Movement" with author Erica Gies

A hopeful journey around the world and across time, illuminating better ways to live with water.

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Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation 900 Sanford Road Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Nearly every human endeavor on the planet was conceived and constructed with a relatively stable climate in mind. In this presentation, author Erica Gies will give a talk on the research that went into her book as well as how new climate disasters remind us every day, our world is not stable. Increasingly severe and frequent floods and droughts inevitably spur calls for higher levees, bigger drains, and longer aqueducts. But as we grapple with extreme weather, a hard truth is emerging: our development, including concrete infrastructure designed to control water, is actually exacerbating our problems. Because sooner or later, water always wins.

In this quietly radical book, science journalist Erica Gies introduces us to innovators in what she calls the “Slow Water Movement”, who start by asking a revolutionary question: What does water want? Using close observation, historical research, and cutting-edge science, these experts in hydrology, restoration ecology, engineering, and urban planning are already transforming our relationship with water.

About the Author: Erica is the author of Water Always Wins: Thriving in an age of drought and deluge, and an award-winning, independent journalist who covers science and the environment from Victoria, British Columbia, and San Francisco, California. Also a National Geographic Explorer, her work appears in the New York Times, Scientific American, Nature, Ensia, The Economist, bioGraphic, National Geographic, and other outlets.