“The environment and the economy are really both two sides of the same coin. You cannot sustain the economy if you don’t take care of the environment because we know that the resources that we use whether it is oil, energy, land … all of these are the basis in which development happens. And development is what we say generates a good economy and puts money in our pockets. If we cannot sustain the environment, we cannot sustain ourselves.” — Wangari Maathai
Local communities around the globe are already affected by climate change. People in least-developed and developing countries are among the most vulnerable ones, yet they have the least coping capacity. Climate change impacts are localized and diverse therefore, the response needs to be as diverse and adapted to the local situation.
This class will explore key concepts of resilience, vulnerability, adaptive capacity and social capital in the context of community exposure to climate change. We will engage in critical analysis of tools and methods for building resilience to climate change and will look at several case studies from around the world.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
- Understand the variety of issues and challenges faced by organizations, nations, local and indigenous communities related to climate change;
- Understand mitigation and adaptation options in community resilience-building;
- Make informed decisions when working with communities to critically assess the impacts of climate change and build a resilience plan.
Testimonials from Past Course Participants for Building Climate Change Resilient Communities:
“With regards to my future career, hopefully in conservation, this course has shown me that although my main concern is to conserve biodiversity, understanding and integrating the needs/wants of local communities is a vital aspect of implementing a successful project.”
“It has been a great class and I have learned a lot, especially since I am new to the climate change sector and all of the global debates and dialogue. I feel that much of what I have learned I will be able to implement immediately in the work that I am doing in the field.”
“A very enlightening course. I truly appreciated the selection of material and I learned a lot, so this is a good foundation to learn more.”
“Thank you for a wonderful and knowledgeable class, this has really helped me gain a greater understanding of adaptation and mitigation strategies. I especially loved reading the case studies!”