Mitigation and Adaptation: Human Stories of Hope | Explorers In The Field | Summary and Q&A

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June 24, 2020
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Mitigation and Adaptation: Human Stories of Hope | Explorers In The Field

TL;DR

Climate change affects everyone, but through human stories, there is hope for finding solutions.

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Key Insights

  • 📌 Climate change is a human story that affects everyone, regardless of location.
  • 😚 Loss of property and infrastructure is a significant challenge, but people's concerns often revolve around losing histories and traditions.
  • 💦 Bodies of water, including bays and rivers, are impacted by climate change beyond shorelines.
  • 💱 Climate change adaptations can involve both greener and gray solutions.
  • 💱 Local knowledge and expertise are invaluable in understanding and responding to climate change challenges.
  • 💦 The future can be hopeful if individuals work together and contribute to climate change solutions.
  • 💱 Climate change has the potential to fundamentally change people's identities and their relationship with their environment.

Transcript

(soothing guitar music) - Climate change is a human story. The causes of climate change are man made and the solutions must be man made. How much of the landscape-- In order to reduce climate change, in order to adapt to these changes and to mitigate our impact on the planet, we have to start with human stories. I love listening to people's stories... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: What is the main message of this content?

The main message is that climate change is a human story with hope for finding solutions.

Q: How does climate change impact bodies of water apart from shorelines?

Climate change impacts all bodies of water, including rivers and bays, leading to sea level rise and flooding.

Q: What are some climate change adaptation solutions along shorelines?

Climate change adaptations include greener solutions, such as salt-resistant marshes, and gray solutions, such as sea walls.

Q: How can individuals contribute to climate change solutions?

Everyone can contribute their expertise and skills to work on climate change solutions, whether through volunteering or bringing in additional expertise.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Climate change is a human story that impacts everyone, not just far-off places like the Arctic or small islands.

  • Over 420 towns, cities, and villages in the United States will be partially underwater by the end of the century regardless of greenhouse gas reduction efforts.

  • While properties and infrastructure loss are challenges, people are more concerned about losing their histories and traditions.

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