Handling Climate Change Adaptation Pushback

What You'll Learn

  • Learn how to talk about climate change in a way that avoids connection to the politicized national discussion.
  • Discover tactics for finding middle ground, which the first generation of climate change solutions may have neglected in favor of immediate action.
  • Find out how to reorient adaption plans to find sensible, realistic approaches that can be sustained over the long term.

More Course Details

Climate change adaptation is now an accepted part of planning practice. In cities as diverse as Miami Beach, New Orleans, and El Paso, Texas, various approaches have been planned to mitigate storm surge, flooding events, gradual inundation, and desertification as well as the social and economic problems created by a changing global environment.

However, in recent years, consensus projects have become divisive, and local pushback has become part of climate change planning.

This course focuses on three large cities with dramatic climate change problems. Miami Beach faces gradual but complete inundation; New Orleans contends with bigger, more-frequent storms; and El Paso has for many years contended with rapid desertification.

Learn how to reengage the public and reorient climate change adaptation and mitigation planning to account for changes in public sentiment, changes in political direction, and funding gaps. Learn how to find the proverbial middle ground, which the first generation of climate change solutions may have neglected in favor of immediate action.

In many ways, reorienting your adaptation plan is an opportunity to find sensible, realistic approaches that can be sustained over the long term.