Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Let's Talk About Resilience
If you can't beat 'em you can at least learn how to roll with the punches. When it comes to climate change impacts that means adaptation - measures that will enhance our resilience. What is your country, your province, your municipality doing to build resilience where you live?
It's not a conversation our pols are keen on having with us because it requires a candid assessment of what we're facing and our vulnerabilities. It also means talking numbers. How much is preparing for climate change going to cost? Who pays? How can we muster that much cash?
It's been estimated that replacing, repairing and upgrading Canada's essential infrastructure could cost a trillion dollars. See also here. Shocking as that may seem it is in keeping with estimates of the global cost. The compelling part of the argument for a major infrastructure resilience project is that we stand to lose a lot more if we don't get the job done.
Today the Global Commission on Adaptation released a report calling on investment of 1.8 trillion dollars USD mainly to help vulnerable nations adapt. Bloomberg, meanwhile, explores the massive costs of not adapting.
Our leaders know the dangers. They understand the risks and the harm we're facing and yet they just kick the can down the road. Everything increases - the risks, the challenges, the costs. And yet we're going to return those same people to power. That makes sense, doesn't it? Explain it to me.