Climate Change Adaptation

Climate Change Adaptation

Liz Bentley

25 years: Meteorologist

Some damage has already been done and we need to learn how we can adapt around the changes to the climate. Join Liz Bentley as she explores how governments, businesses and individuals can achieve this.

Some damage has already been done and we need to learn how we can adapt around the changes to the climate. Join Liz Bentley as she explores how governments, businesses and individuals can achieve this.

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Climate Change Adaptation

5 mins 17 secs

Overview

Adaptation means adapting our lives in anticipation of climate change impacts. Governments can conduct risk assessments and identify areas of vulnerability. Governments can outline specific strategies to address the impacts of climate change. Businesses can conduct climate risk assessments to identify and assess exposure to climate risk. It is harder for individuals to adapt but they can push for policy change and create personal and emergency resilience plans.

Key learning objectives:

  • Define climate change adaptation

  • Outline government, corporate and individual adaptation strategies

  • Understand why mitigation is preferable to adaptation

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Summary
How can governments adapt to climate change? 
Governments can conduct risk assessments and identify areas of vulnerability. Governments can outline specific strategies to address the impacts of climate change (e.g. measures to protect infrastructure). They can also collaborate with other governments and organisations to share resources and develop coordinated responses. 

How can businesses adapt to climate change? 
Businesses can adapt to climate change by taking proactive measures and building resilience to the impacts of climate change. For example, conducting climate risk assessments to identify and assess exposure to climate risk. They can collaborate with stakeholders to identify shared risks and opportunities to develop solutions that benefit everyone.

How can individuals adapt to climate change? 
It is more challenging for individuals to adapt to climate change, but they can do so by building personal resilience plans and emergency plans should an extreme weather event happen. Individuals can also advocate for policy change and action on climate change by contacting elected officials and supporting climate-friendly policies and initiatives.

Why is mitigation preferable to adaptation? 
While adapting to climate change can help us be more resilient to the impacts of extreme weather events, it cannot prevent or reverse the underlying problem of climate change. It may also be insufficient in addressing some of the most severe impacts. Mitigation can help prevent the worst impacts of climate change and provide long-term solutions to the problem. Overall, studies have shown that the costs of mitigating climate change are likely to be significantly lower, trillions of dollars lower, than the costs of adapting to its impacts. 

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Liz Bentley

Liz Bentley

Professor Liz Bentley is the Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society, a not-for-profit organisation based in the UK. Her career in meteorology spans over 30 years and she has worked at the Met Office, BBC, and in Government. She is a regular contributor to the major broadcasters, delivering over 200 media interviews each year.

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