When people speak about the water crisis, there is either an air of nonchalance or dismissal of the seriousness of the situation or a paranoid and angry air. This could be due to how the water crisis is communicated through the media or through each other.
Dr Peter Johnston, UCT climate scientist say the tone when talking about the water crisis is difficult to determine as people respond to things differently.
I think the most important thing is when you're talking, you first of all make sure you have the facts so you're not talking nonsense. Because if someone finds out that you're talking nonsense, your story is not believable.— Dr Peter Johnston, UCT Climate Scientist
They second thing is to have passion. If you are passionate about something, people think; 'Man I can also do something, why can't we share this? Why can't we be part of this?'— Dr Peter Johnston, UCT Climate Scientist
Johnston says there is whole list one can draw from when trying to convince someone - including, playing on their emotions, setting challenges for them asking them to be innovative or point out the personal responsibility.
Listen to the full interview below: