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Ripple effect: how public attitudes can shift governments toward sustainable, and resilient, water systems

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🗞️ Driving the news: A recent study reveals a growing public support for resilience-based environmental decision-making, particularly in water governance
This reflects a shift in attitude towards more sustainable and adaptive management of water resources, highlighting a positive response to climate change challenges

🔭 The context: Resilience in this context means the ability to resist, adapt, or transform in response to environmental disturbances like climate change
The study, involving six countries (Canada, the US, Australia, the UK, India, and South Africa), used scenarios about water issues to gauge public support for various resilience strategies

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The positive public attitude towards resilience-based water governance is crucial as it influences how societies respond to climate change
It suggests a willingness to adopt adaptive and transformative strategies in dealing with water-related challenges, a vital step in mitigating environmental impacts

⏭️ What's next: This outlook could guide policymakers, like the Canada Water Agency, in implementing strategies that strengthen water systems' resilience and support ecosystem well-being

💬 One quote: "We feel that these results serve as a hopeful message to those who might be feeling discouraged or pessimistic about our shared future" (Julia Baird, Professor at Brock University)

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