This webinar is being hosted by MA in Climate Action Leadership program at Royal Roads University.
Climate change is a reality that is amplifying the frequency and devastating impacts of natural-hazard related disasters. Here in Canada, we experienced events like this summer’s deadly heat dome, drought, and a frightening wildfire season that directly impacted thousands of people, and indirectly impacted hundreds of thousands of people as a result of the pervasive smoke these fires produced.
Over four million Canadians live at the front line of wildfire risk, with First Nations communities experiencing nearly 3 times the risk of other communities.
The wildfire in the BC town of Lytton, this summer, is an example of the escalating risk wildfires pose, resulting in the death of two people and the entire town going up in flames. Communities like Lytton are faced with the monumental task of rebuilding, an often decades-long recovery process that includes immediate concerns like supporting residents to cope with the trauma and their losses, creating temporary housing, rebuilding infrastructure, and beginning the restoration of ecosystems and economies. It’s a complicated, often frustrating process, but disaster recovery also generates an opportunity to ‘build back better.’ In the context of climate change, this includes building in ways that address climate change vulnerabilities and enhance the resilience of that community so that it can better weather future risks and extreme events.
On October 13th, join us in this webinar as we explore climate-informed disaster recovery, and a way forward that considers climate risks and vulnerabilities in recovery decision-making and planning. Rather than building back as was, how can disaster recovery support the changes needed to slow climate change, contribute to decolonization and reconciliation, and create a new vision for a community that prioritizes wellbeing, equity and resilience? The recovery and rebuilding of Lytton may provide a living example of how a community can draw on its shared values and strengths, its creativity, sense of belonging, and vision to build a climate resilient, climate adaptive, sustainable and equitable future. In so doing, it could suggest a pathway forward for other communities.
Register on the RRU website.