Tue, 03 May|
Climate Adaptation: A Pathway To Community Resilience
Climate adaptation: What is it, why is it necessary, and how can it help our communities build resilience on a changing planet?
Time & Location
03 May 2022, 18:00 – 19:30
About the Event
Join a discussion on climate change adaptation with:
Ed Carr: Lead author on the IPCC's adaptation report climate-resilient development pathways.
Morgan Phillips: UK Co-Director of The Glacier Trust, and author of Great Adaptations; In the Shadow Of A Climate Crisis
Olivia Carpenter-Lomax: Zero Carbon Guildford trustee & Chair of The Energy Sector Executive at Institute Of Engineering & Technology
Our current trajectory is leading us toward 3-4°C warming above pre-industrial levels, a path that would be catastrophic for the majority of life on earth. Whether we can limit this warming to the IPCC's 'safe' limit of 1.5°C is the subject of some debate, but there's indications that we may have already passed 9 of 14 crucial climate tipping points.
Many of us don't want to give up the hope that mitigation measures can still limit global heating, but given global governments' slow and ineffective responses to the climate crisis it's now urgent that we begin designing and implementing adaptational strategies that can help us cope with a rapidly changing planet.
We need to begin intensive work on building resilience and developing strategies that help us cope with extreme heat, frequent flooding & intense weather events, buckling train tracks and failing infrastructure, and the real possibility of collapsing global food supply chains.
So what do we mean by 'adaptation'?
Join our panel for an online discussion on how the IPCC defines adaptation, how that compares to how people on the front line of the climate crisis are implementing adaptational strategies, why traditional forms of 'shallow' or incremental adaptation are no longer viable or effective solutions to tackling an escalating climate crisis, and the key role of 'transformational adaptation' in helping us cope with a changing planet whilst improving our connections with each other, with nature, and helping to build the cohesion and resilience necessary to cope with resource scarcity.