About the Project
Once regarded as a threat for the distant future, climate change impacts—more extreme heat and precipitation events, deeper droughts, bigger storms, and sea-level rise—have already caused widespread destruction. Since past greenhouse gas emissions have “baked in” future temperature rise, greater extremes lie in the future, even if the world reduces its emissions to zero tomorrow. Despite the growing threats, governments and the private sector have lagged in building climate resilience, which is the capacity to reduce, absorb, and recover from the impacts of climate change. To build climate resilience, decision-makers must consider future climate risk in operational and strategic planning as well as in making long-term investments. Through roundtables, op-eds, and briefings, I examine resilience efforts emerging around the globe, identify essential considerations for increasing preparedness, and explore the societal transformations that a changing climate demands if humans are to continue to thrive in a warming world. Ultimately, this project will culminate in a book exploring essential strategies for building climate resilience and offering guidance to making decisions in the face of increasing catastrophic risk.