Chennai’s floods are like clapping hands: one palm is the changing climate bringing with it intense rainfall (2021 rainfall, the Commissioner told us, was nearly 50% above normal) while the other is our broken relationship with water. A resounding clap requires both palms moving together forcefully. We appear to have already passed certain climate thresholds, which means the climate palm is moving forcefully. But our broken relationship with our water is within our power to fix.
How can we do that? That was the subject of my article: