When climate change causes floods or droughts, it’s local communities that suffer the most. So to educate local governments about why and how they should take action on global warming, The Nature Conservancy is leading resilience workshops.

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Whelchel: “It’s a community-driven process that creates collaborative opportunities to really come up with solutions, to tackle climate change as well as build resilience into what the future holds for them.”

That’s Adam Whelchel, the Conservancy’s science director in Connecticut. He says communities that address climate change can also improve their quality of life.

Adam Whelchel
Adam Whelchel

Whelchel: “Resilience is not just about hazards anymore. It’s really about what makes a community what it is, and oftentimes that’s economic resilience, jobs, business continuity, and social – why are people living there and the connections in the community fabric?”

During the workshops, communities assess both their strengths and weaknesses, identifying vulnerable populations, infrastructure, and transportation routes.

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With these insights, towns can then take action to both prepare for extreme weather events and strengthen their communities.

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More Resources
Community Resilience Building website
Coastal Resilience for Long Island Sound

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