Mitigation and Adaptation are the two sides of the necessary human response to climate change. My climate change course in February dealt primarily with mitigation (reducing or eliminating the causes of climate change). The global response so far has also focused on mitigation, but adaptation is just as important, and is becoming more and more important as governments drag their feet on mitigation. This course will deal entirely with adaptation (policies and programs to minimize the impact of climate change on environment, economy, and society). The course will discuss global, national, regional, and individual policies and programs for climate change adaptation. It will focus on ways to adapt to the principal climate change threats – heat waves, drought, wildfire; enhanced storms, wind damage, torrential downpour, freshwater flooding; Food security, local and global; sea level rise, storm surge, coastal flooding and erosion; human displacement, climate refugees, climate induced conflict; ecosystem and non-human species responses to climate change, climate change and disease, extinction and biodiversity loss. It will not be possible to cover all of these issues in detail but the course should give students a good appreciation for the breadth and severity of climate impacts and the potential for individual and political response.
Presenter: Michael Healey
Date and Times: Four Fridays – Oct. 7, 14, 28 and Nov. 4 (Oct.21, venue not available) 2pm – 4pm
Venue: On Zoom
NOTE: This course is also presented in-person, see separate registration page