TED Conversations

TED Live Chats

This conversation is closed.

Live Chat with TED Speaker Vicki Arroyo: Preparing for our changing climate

TED Speaker and executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, Vicki Arroyo, will be joining us for a special one-hour live Q&A session with the TED community!

Since much of her research didn't make it into the final video, she'll be fielding questions on the science behind her inspiring talk, as well as further discussion about what we can do to prepare our homes and cities for the new climate.

Date: Friday, October 5th
Time: 12pm-1pm Eastern time


Closing Statement from TED Live Chats

From Vicki Arroyo:

Again, I would like to thank Aja and the TED staff for this opportunity and those who wrote in.
For more information and to see some of the tool kits I mentioned, please visit our adaptation clearinghouse at www.adaptationclearinghouse.org. I hope this conversation helps you elevate this discussion of preparedness in your own communities – wherever you call “home.”

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Oct 5 2012: Hi Vicki -
    Your talk was thoughtful and engaging! Can you talk a little bit about the importance of mitigation v/ adaptation/preparedness? I understand that we are already beginning to experience what a changed climate might look like - and thus we need to begin to prepare; relatively speaking how much effort should we expend in preparing for a changed climate v/ slowing emissions?

    thanks for time - and your insights!
    • thumb
      Oct 5 2012: Thanks for the question. As I was pointing out to John, we do need to do both. We can't successfully adapt to all of the changes that are coming - including ocean acidification, for example, and so we absolutely need to curb emissions that contribute to climate change. In my talk, I provide a couple of examples where the steps taken to adapt also help us with slowing climate change or "mitigation." For example, cool white roofs are reflective and so they curb heat for those inside and nearby but they can also reduce the need for air conditioning - using CO2-based energy. The wetlands restoration projects I showed also have the additional benefit of capturing or "sequestering" carbon from the atmosphere. So some measures provide both adaptation and mitigation benefits - and these should be the easy "low hanging" fruit we go after quickly.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.