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The Climate Planner: Strategies for Engaging on Climate When It’s Challenging
March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The world’s changing climate is a global problem that must be solved at the local level and yet many urban planners are averse to getting in the middle of another political hot-button topic; especially because they don’t know how effective they can be. At the local level, there is neither consensus that the climate is changing nor an agreed-upon approach to mitigate or to adapt to change. Jason King’s The Climate Planner: Overcoming Pushback Against Local Mitigation and Adaptation Plans (Routledge, 2021) demonstrates how urban planners can make a visible and important difference through local community actions that address the global climate problem. The book has stories from 16 years of climate planning in every kind of place: from progressive coastal cities facing sea level rise to conservative rural municipalities contending with an increasingly arid landscape. This webinar is about overcoming the objections to climate change mitigation and adaption that planners face everyday. Two climate planners will describe how to draft climate plans that encounter less resistance because they involve the public, stakeholders, and decisionmakers in a way that builds trust, educates, creates consensus, and leads to implementation.
Learn how our panel is climate planning and how they think the climate planner’s role must expand in the future to act more equitably.