Floods are a threat to many people across the world, and they are getting more frequent as our weather becomes more extreme due to climate change. The destructive power of water bares an interesting contrast to the devastation of drought, yet some places are experiencing both in a short period of time. How do the complexities of climate change paired with the threat of natural disasters appear to children who live through these experiences? Are children normalised to the situations they grow up in? Or do they yearn for a different reality, one where people are more prepared for extreme weather and also attempting to change those risks? Ayse Yildiz is a lecturer in Disaster and Emergency Management at Coventry University, UK, specialising in disaster risk perception and preparedness. She has worked predominantly with children and young people in disaster risk reduction in Turkey and Nepal where extreme weather has dominated the living memory of young people.

Ayse Yildiz’s work is extremely fascinating, you can follow some of it here. If you’re looking to understand Ayse’s research mentioned in this episode, you can read this publication.

This Podcast is hosted by Kat Taylor and Produced by Tim Whiffen of Whimsy Productions for Quentin Grafton, Convenor of the Water Justice Hub,  UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance at the Australian National University.

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