It seems like we’ve been talking about a changing climate for a long time. In 2006, Al Gore made a documentary called “An Inconvenient Truth,” which threw the issue further into the spotlight.
But while debate, discord, and discussions about the climate continued, from the Kyoto Summit to the Copenhagen Accord, the world kept right on industrializing.
Recent estimates show that America produces about 18 metric tons of carbon per person per year — compared to about 5 tons, for example, for Argentinians.
But, as a country, our aggregate pollution was overtaken years ago by China, where the middle class is hungry for TVs, washing machines, and refrigerators. And where, on average, a coal-fired power plant opens every week.
So, today, we look at the climate and how we are beginning to adapt to a new world. We start with a discussion of the changes we may face.
Frank Lowenstein, climate adaptation strategy leader, The Nature Conservancy
Minor Sinclair, U.S. regional director, Oxfam America
Adapting To The Future
We’re talking today about how our lives will change in response to climate change — and the steps we can take, through innovation, to adapt to these issues. Will we see shifts in the availability of certain foods? Changes in the way cities, towns, and farms are constructed?
- Margaret Christie, special projects director, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture
- Janot Mendler de Suarez, research consultant, Oxfam America
- Eric Walberg, Senior Program Leader, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
- Frank Lowenstein, climate adaptation strategy leader, The Nature Conservancy
- Minor Sinclair, U.S. regional director, Oxfam America
A LOCAL PERSPECTIVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
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