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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

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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.”

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  • Oct 5 2012: Hi Vicki,

    Thanks for the mention on the tool kit! I wondered if you had any perspective on the role that the federal government could play in supporting states and local communities in adapting to climate change. Are there roles they are playing, or could be?
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      Oct 5 2012: Hi Sara! As I point out in the talk, many federal governments - including ours here in the US - are starting to take a hard look at the implications of climate change for their agencies and the public they serve. In fact, under an Executive Order signed by President Obama, all federal agencies were to submit adaptation plans this June. These have not yet been released (we should ask them to do that soon!) and even then, it's only a first step. There is a great deal the federal government can do to promote state and local adaptation. For starters, encourage them to invest differently with climate change in mind. We often hear there are barriers to making changes in the way infrastructure is built - or even rebuilt after a storm or flood. I was pleased to see US Dept. of Transportation's Federal Highways Administration clarifying that states and others can spend federal resources in a way that recognizes changes due to climate change (rising seas, greater heat impacts, drought, etc). Of course, more federal dollars would help too, but this is a good start.

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