When the Waters Come, Will Our Cities Survive?


From Superstorm Sandy to the recent devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, natural disasters make it difficult to ignore the rapid changes our climate is undergoing. 

Sea levels and global temperatures are rising, threatening the very existence of small island communities and historic cities alike. In response, scientists and policy makers are fighting to hold back the devastating effects of a drowning world, as Jeff Goodell chronicles in his new book, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World.

Join Future Tense for a discussion about The Water Will Come with Class of 2016 New America fellow Jeff Goodell and a panel of environment and development experts. Will international efforts be able to save us from an impending "water world"? What are policy makers doing in light of the uptick of natural disasters and the devastation they bring communities? Will markets begin to price the risk of catastrophic damage inflicted by climate change?


Jeff Goodell @jeffgoodell
Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone
Author, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World
New America Fellow, Class of 2016 and 2017

Daniel Zarrilli @dzarrilli
Senior Director, Climate Policy and Programs, and Chief Resilience Officer, Office of the Mayor, City of New York

Jay Koh
Managing Director, The Lightsmith Group

Sommer Mathis @sommermathis
Editor-in-Chief, Atlas Obscura

Copies of Jeff Goodell's The Water Will Come will be available for purchase. Follow the conversation online using #RisingSeas and following @NewAmericaNYC