January 26, 2015
After visiting more than 30 communities across the U.S. that are preparing for climate change, two enterprising young authors identify six big lessons from ongoing adaptation work in a new report recently released by the Georgetown Climate Center.
Over the course of 103 days, authors Allie Goldstein and Kirsten Howard traveled 17,358 miles and interviewed more than 150 people, from shellfish farmers on the Olympic Peninsula to city planners in Baltimore. The road trippers have already published 34 stories about the work that communities are doing to prepare for climate change.
The lessons found in the new report, “The Great American Adaptation Road Trip,” explain why these communities have had success implementing their projects and what is needed to prompt climate change preparation in more places across the country.
Lessons learned included:
Each of the above lessons is covered in detail in the new report along with many examples and stories from the Great American Adaptation Road Trip. Adaptation stories have been published from the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington. Each individual story is available on the authors’ website, www.adaptationstories.com.