Adapting and Moving in a Warming World, with Beth Gibbons and Dr. Jola Ajibade

92 minutes

This episode of Warm Regards focuses on two more facets of decision making based on data about how the climate is changing. We first talk to Beth Gibbons, the Executive Director of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals. Beth talks to us about the different ways that people working in the field of climate adaptation use climate data to plan for present and future climate conditions, including the different consequences of climate change (sea level rise, water shortages, stronger storms, and more). We also discuss how adaptation efforts can respond to and work to alleviate historical inequalities that make climate change worse for marginalized communities. Next, Jacquelyn and Ramesh talk with Dr. Jola Ajibade, an Assistant Professor of Geography at Portland State University. Dr. Ajibade’s work looks at not just the importance of how we talk about different forms of climate migration (such as planned retreat, managed retreat, and others) but also how it has taken different forms around the world, with uneven levels of success and equity for the individuals and communities moving due to climate change.

You can find a transcript of this episode on our Medium page:

What is climate adaptation, and how has it been neglected?

For more on how adaptation has been neglected:

Adaptation isn’t surrender, it’s survival:

What is climate resilience?

The case for managed retreat:

Equitable retreat: the need for fairness in coastal communities:

Climate migration on NHPR’s Outside/In Radio:

Beth Gibbons is the Executive DIrector of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals.

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Jola Ajibade is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Portland State University.

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