Adaptation Videos

Adaptation Videos

I am lucky enough to span both the consulting and academic fields in the climate change and sustainability space. This means I can undertake exploratory research with RMIT University, with a group of really fantastic international researchers half the week, and the other half of the week I try to practically apply what I learn with clients through consulting. These worlds often intersect, and for a dynamic and iterative field such as climate change adaptation, I feel that this is a great thing. We have historically (insert link here to Adaptation Toolkit), and are currently undertaking several really exciting State funded projects as a partnership between Net Balance and RMIT University, with some fantastic preliminary findings.

This year, I was asked to develop a science communication video series for the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR), as part of my role as a research scientist at RMIT. Over the past two years I have been working on VCCCAR funded adaptation projects, until sadly at the end of this past financial year, funding from the State Government ceased.  However, in their wonderful ongoing efforts to better communicate climate change adaptation to the general public, we put together some ideas for adaptation videos.

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Robust decision making - a requirement for embedding adaptation

Robust decision making - a requirement for embedding adaptation

I just presented at the IPWEA Sustainability in Public Works 2014 conference. My job was to outline the innovative methods that the City of Greater Geelong and Net Balance have implemented to respond to climate change.

Geelong has taken an interesting route, being one of the leaders in understanding and realising the benefits of embedding climate change considerations into their council operations early on in 2010. The key message of my presentation was the importance of embedding new ways of thinking and new ways of decision making to deal with climate change and the uncertainty associated with it, rather than just focusing on understanding climate and its impacts.

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Adaptation in Australia – can we remain hopeful?

Adaptation in Australia – can we remain hopeful?

Since returning from the biennial International Adaptation Futures conference, hosted in Fortaleza, Brazil in mid-May of this year, I have been reflecting on the state of play of climate change adaptation internationally.

Amongst the Australian delegates at the conference, we lamented our nation’s state of play, with the Australian Government budget, released during the conference, contrasting with the release of the US National Climate Assessment and the recent EU Climate Change policy mandating national adaptation plans. While there is much progressive action going on at an international scale, the ‘tennis match’ politicisation of climate change action, with nations moving forward (and backward) in conjunction with the associated funding, is ever apparent.  This led us to ponder where our national efforts sit in the adaptation cycle, and if we are, in fact, taking many steps backwards.

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Climate Risk Attenuation

Climate Risk Attenuation

In working in the dynamic field that is adaptation to climate change, it is  often exhausting trying to navigate the politicization and media coverage of the  ‘big CC’, and encourage stakeholders in various industry contexts to  ‘proactively’ adapt. It often gets me thinking though, when will climate risk  become a component of the traditional risk profile for corporations? Isn’t it  inevitable?

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