A recent University Affairs magazine article has a title to make you pause: We’re way past the point of preventing climate change, it’s time to adapt. The article clearly marks the transition from a world in which we thought we could prevent warming above a degree, to a world where we are no longer in position to prevent climate change, and as such,  our new reality is going to be adapting to change.

For example, the article outline that this is the first year the World Bank has funded adaptation on an equal footing with prevention efforts. The article continues to note that a lot of what adaptation research will focus on is changes at the community and regional scale, learning the acute needs and impacts of communities. For example, solutions that are directed at flooding in Toronto can’t address wildfire risk in BC and Alberta.

ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford contributed to the conversation, outlining that is not enough to integrate piecemeal adaptation strategies, but that adaptation needs to be strategic. “It’s crucial that we begin to embrace more complex, integrated thinking on climate action if we are to achieve the biggest bang for our buck in both the short and long term,” Harford says. Adaptation strategies can sometime be emissions intensive – think of expanding pipe networks or concretizing coastlines, so finding green solutions, like naturalizing wetlands is key.

To read the full article, click here.