COMMUNITIES & PEOPLE
Adapting to climate change is a journey we must all take: our people, our economy, and our government.
COMMUNITIES AND PEOPLE
Adaptation is the process of adjustment to our current and anticipated climate, and its effects.
In human systems, adaptation seeks to moderate, avoid harm or exploit beneficial opportunities.
Communities and peoples write and own their own stories and form their own futures. We have strong connections to the places we live, and many communities were formed in times when climate change was not something that was seen as related to where we lived.
Despite denial or over-compensation, most communities are to some extent “at-risk”.
All communities must be viewed with compassion and respect, they did not choose for climate change to happen; it is not the fault of the residents that they live where they do.
To a degree we are all prisoners of decisions made in the past.
Adaptation Conversations are opportunities to remake our present and future.
If done well the adaptation process is likely to result in increasing social justice and social equity.
We work and walk with communities on their adaptation journeys when adaptation
does not happen, then (for example), houses fall off cliffs or get washed away, and we have search and rescue.
Our work in this area is pro-bono.
As an organization BOEE can talk to communities and local government to help facilitate outcomes acceptable to both.
Together, we have the potential to remake our society for our children