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World Water Day 2015

World Water Day 2015

The impact of climate change on the water resources, central issue of the World Water Day

Climate change as a communication challenge

Coinciding with the World Climate Day, which is celebrated every 26th March, the We Are Water Foundation shares the conclusions of the workshop Social Perceptions of Water and Climate that took place on the 19th and 20th March at the Roca Barcelona Gallery. This meeting, which gathered renowned meteorologists from around the world, was organised in conjunction with the IABM (International Association of Broadcast Meteorology) and with Tomàs Molina, meteorologist, journalist and member of the IABM in Spain, as the content director.


Roca Lisboa Gallery

  • Conference of Felipe Duarte dos Santos (Profesor investigador de la Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad de Lisboa) and Pedro Garrett (Ingeniero e investigador de la Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad de Lisboa) 16 March at 11:30


roca madrid gallery
(josé abascal, 57, madrid)

  • conference 'water and sustainable development'. speakers: sra. mònica lópez, dr. josé antonio sotelo navalpotro, dr. fermín villarroya gil, sra. bárbara willaarts. 17 march, 19:00 h
  • wall painting water drop: from 17 to 21 march from 10:00 to 20:00h

corté inglés madrid

  • wall painting water drop: 22 march from 10:00 to 22:00h


Roca London Gallery

  • Conference "Designing for Climate Change", with Sue Illman (Managing Director Illiman Young Lanscape Design) and Andrew Scrace (Baca Architects). 23 March 18:30h


Roca Barcelona Gallery
(Joan Güell, 211)

  • Workshop "Social Perceptions of Water and Climate". 19 and 20 March from 09:30 to 13:00h
  • Wall painting water drop: From 18 to 22 de March from 10:00 to 20:00h

Joint event with Barcelona World Race
(Portal de la Pau, s/n)

  • A live connection with the We Are Water, taking part in the BWR, will be made. Later, a children´s event will take place in this same location, so that the younger children will be able to enjoy the day. From 9:30 to 12:00h
  • Wall painting water drop: 21 and 22 March. From 9:00h onwards


  • Conferencia with Water Saving Foundation of Shanghai and Yu Xiadodong (Responsible for the TV weather broadcasts)

WWD title en

The influence of man on the global warming of the planet is clear:

  • Changes in sea water level: an increase of aprox. 20 cm in the last century.
  • 80% of the glaciers are in retreat.
  • Arctic sea ice is in long-term decline.

More greenhouse gasses mean an increase in temperature and more severe impacts of climate change.

There are opportunities to integrate mitigation, adaptation and other societal objectives:

  • Humanity has the means to limit climate change and build a more sustainable and resilient future.

Ernst Rauch
The perspective of numbers

Loss events related to climate have increased significantly in the last 30 years.

Increased financial losses can in part be explained by social or economic factors; however, the signal of climate change is evident in some regions.

Low-income countries suffer especially from natural catastrophes (e.g. Vanuatu recently).

Climate change will not go away. We in our generation have the responsibility to address this.

Michael Williams
Weather broadcasters as communicators of climate change

Weather broadcasters communicate important information on certain events.

Many weather presenters interact with experts in climatology in their own countries to help explain the likely evolution to their peoples.

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of United Nations, and other major figures believe in the value of using weather presenters to communicate climate change information.

Among the participants of this international workshop were: Mónica López, Director of the Meteorology Department at TVE and presenter of EL TIEMPO (The weather) at the News 2 (La 1-TVE), Gerald Fleming, Forecasting Director at Met Éireann (Ireland); Inge Niedek, weather presenter and Head of the Meteorology Department at ZDF, National Television of Germany;Desislava Banova, weather presenter at Nova and Climate Ambassador in Bulgaria; Yoko Komagata, weather presenter at Japan´s television; Mauricio Saldivar, meteorologist and scientific adviser in Argentina, among many others.