NewsletterWater Exchange, the Water Center at Penn’s quarterly newsletter, explores why and how water matters from a wide variety of perspectives to help readers gain new insights and consider new ways of thinking when approaching their own water challenges.
Water Exchange Newsletter
Issue 6, February 2021
With 2020 behind us, 2021 offers an opportunity to look forward to brighter horizons, new beginnings, and hopefully, a time when we can reconvene in person with friends, colleagues, and collaborators.
Waterfront communities are the most susceptible to climate change and to extreme weather events. Beyond the risk of flooding itself, centralized water and energy systems are prone to failure under dynamic storm conditions; the connectivity of sewage and water supply in waterfront neighborhoods is often compromised during storms.
On April 22, 1970, as a junior at Penn, I attended the first Earth Day celebration in Philadelphia. On a cool and breezy spring day, tens of thousands of young people gathered in Fairmont Park to listen to Senator Ed Muskie, the poet Allen Ginsberg, and other luminaries lay down a challenge to the audience.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that microplastics are among the most persistent pollutants found in marine and freshwater systems.
Our new year starts with continued uncertainty in the economy and job availability, a sense of immediacy on the accelerating fallout of climate change, and mass exposure of our country’s deep, generations-long vulnerability—racial and social inequity that, unaddressed, will crumble our society’s foundations.