Building a Resilient Planet: How to Adapt to Climate Change From the Bottom Up
The conventional wisdom holds that climate change is a problem for international organizations, big governments, and global corporations to solve. Only those major players can make a dent in global greenhouse gas emissions, the thinking goes, and only they can pool the necessary resources. Given the monumental scale of the coming climate crisis, anything short of such high-level mobilization seems inconsequential, even futile.
The Case for Getting Serious About Resilience
On a recent trip to Antarctica with scientists studying the effects of climate change, Jeff Goodell witnessed a twenty-five-mile-by-forty-mile section of ice calve off West Antarctica and collapse into the sea. Even for Goodell, who has long written about the effects of climate change and is the author of “The Water Will Come,” a book that examines the impact of rising sea levels, this was “an eye-opening experience.”
Off the Menu with Monica Trauzzi: Kathy Baughman McLeod
Kathy Baughman McLeod, director of the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, joins Monica Trauzzi in this episode of “Off the Menu.” At Stellina Pizzeria in D.C.’s Union Market neighborhood, Kathy and Monica discuss how getting real about the risks of climate change will allow us to become more resilient.
Guide on How to Insure a Natural Asset
Coral reefs are invaluable natural assets for coastal communities and economies. They are the first line of defense against storms by reducing wave energy by up to 90% (Ferrario, et al, 2014). Reefs are critical habitat for coastal ecosystems including fisheries, mangroves and sand dune systems. These ecosystem services are just the start of their value when it comes to tourism-centered economies like in Quintana Roo, Mexico where coastal protection is vital and reducing beach erosion is essential - both dependent on the health of the reef. While there are several threats affecting the health – and existence – of reefs, hurricanes can be the most severe for a reef like the Mesoamerican Reef – the second-longest barrier reef system in the world – stretched along the Mexican Caribbean coast.
A New Partnership to Build a More Resilient Planet
Signing up to help a billion people is an audacious goal. But that is exactly what the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center announced its intention to do today when we unveiled this new effort that builds on work The Rockefeller Foundation has been doing for more than a decade.
We asked some of the boldest thinkers what the world will be like in 50 years. Here’s what their answers tell us about the future.
Kathy Baughman McLeod was asked what the world will be like in 50 years by Quartz. Here’s what her answers tell us about the future. (reposted)
Reaching one billion people by 2030
The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center is committed to reaching one billion people with resilience solutions to climate change, migration, and security by 2030. We will do this based on proven interventions that have demonstrated success in a variety of settings, building on strategies that we can repeat, modify, and scale. Public and private financing and risk tools will be essential to reaching our goal.
Climate Resilience Action Podcast with Kathy Baughman McLeod
Listen to Kathy Baughman McLeod explain how communities are addressing climate change in this podcast with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson.
Listen to our Director's interview about the refugee crisis
Kathy Baughman McLeod was interviewed on the Euromoney "Financing a Sustainable Planet" podcast series — listen to her clip.
Rebuild Florida CDBG – Mitigation General Planning Support Program Application: Countywide Resilient Hub Network Strategy
The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center is excited to propose the Countywide Resilient Hub Network Strategy for funding from the Rebuild Florida General Planning Support Program’s Community Development Block Grant - Mitigation (CDBG-MIT). Designed in partnership with Miami-Dade County and Resilient305, the Community Resilience Pod is a prototype and represents the potential for critical risk and resilience actionable information for communities across the county facing local threats like extreme heat, flooding, sea-level rise, food security, and pandemics. Transformed from a 40-foot shipping container, this initial Community Resilience Pod will build awareness of individual and community risks and emergency and disaster preparedness acumen for neighborhoods in Miami-Dade County.
Join the resilience movement
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