New Podcast Episode: Longtermism and Climate Change

In the podcast series Focused on the Future, individuals, stakeholders, and scientists come together to talk about new views on big issues based on longtermism. First up? Climate change: how do we deal with sea level rise and the future of land development in the Netherlands? 

We are raising the dikes to prevent flooding. Just as we have been doing for centuries. But can we keep on doing this, knowing that a large part of The Netherlands is already below sea level? We have invited Petra Goessen of the Regional Water Authority in the North West of The Netherlands (in Dutch: Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier) in our studio to share her thoughts about the future challenges in her work and responsibility.

Three academic thinkers join the conversation with our host Glenn van der Burg to share their longterm viewpoint on climate change:

  • Herman Kasper Gilissen, Associate Professor of Utrecht University Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law
  • Rak Kim, Assistant Professor of Global Environmental Governance in the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University
  • Kim Cohen, Assistant professor of Physical Geography at Utrecht University

You can listen to the podcast 'Focused on the Future' on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere podcasts are available.

Listen to the episode on "Longtermism and Climate Change"

About Longtermism and the podcast

Organizations and institutions often focus on the short term. Not considering the long-term impact has major implications in global issues such as climate change, poverty, deforestation, religious conflicts and migration. For these major issues we must develop long-term strategies. In the 'Focused on the Future' podcast, scientists and stakeholders come together to discuss new views on big issues based in 'longtermism'. This podcast is an initiative of Utrecht University, specifically the Longtermism Platform within the UU Strategic Theme Institutions for Open Societies.