Climate Change and Communities

A Webinar Series Hosted by the Center for Environmental Policy, American University

Climate Change and Communities Lessons from Some of the World’s Most Vulnerable

Communities across the globe face new challenges in coping with the effects of climate change. How can governments and international agencies encourage adaptation and build resiliency in the world’s most vulnerable places? What “qualifies” in development programs as adaptation, and how can we measure progress? This webinar policy series examines the experiences of communities and lessons learned – from Bangladesh to the US coasts.

Upcoming Webinar

A New Coast
Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas

September 23, 2020 | 3:00PM EST

Special Guest: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senate
Moderator: Robert Perciasepe, Executive Director, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Convened by: John E. Reeder, Executive in Residence, Center for Environmental Policy, American University

Jeffrey Peterson, Author, A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas
Lisa Hamilton, Adaptation Programs Director, Georgetown Climate Center
Richard Innes, Senior Fellow, Meridian Institute

Children of today will be coping with a warmer world dramatically altered by a changing climate, including more devastating storms and rising seas. Communities face unrelenting risks with precious little time to prepare. What can we do to preserve the social fabric of vulnerable communities, maintain essential services, and assure a just transition to a new coast? Please join Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for conversation featuring a presentation by Jeffrey Peterson, author of A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas.

Future Webinars

Conceptualizing and Measuring Adaptation
Why can’t we agree on what adaptation is and how to measure it?

October 7, 2020 | 1:00PM EST

Maria-Therese Gustafsson, University of Stockholm
Lisa Dellmuth, University of Stockholm
Daniel Fiorino, American University
Todd Eisenstadt, Research Director, Center for Environmental Policy, American University

Is climate adaptation being accorded due consideration in social policy and international cooperation? How do we define adaptation? How does adaptation impact different parts of the world differentially?

Promoting Government Awareness and Transparency in the Fight Against Flooding in Bangladesh

November 4, 2020

Tawfique Haque, director of public administration, North-South University in Dhaka, Bangladesh

What do climate-vulnerable people on the “front lines” know about climate change? How can they be given a greater awareness of who is responsible for offering climate adaptation projects? How might these be distinguished from disaster management? How can government accountability be developed? Are people tempted to migrate and is there anything to be done to diminish migration from flood-prone areas?

Building Back Better, but in a Small and Hurricane-Damaged Economy
Dominica’s Quest to be the World’s First Resilient Nation

November 18, 2020

Emily Wilkinson, ODI Senior Research Fellow, Global Risks and Resilience and Chief Scientific Adviser, Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica (CREAD)