Building support for climate adaptation and local preparedness requires that a range of individuals and groups fully understand the threat of climate extremes to their local communities. Effective communication is essential, and key insights are offered in the Climate Extremes Communications Guidebook recently released by ICLEI and World Wildlife Fund.
As every region of the country experiences more extreme weather, local leaders need to be prepared to communicate with their constituencies, and communities are presented with “teachable moments” in which climate change is more easily grasped as a tangible and local problem.
Attend the Webinar
Join us for a webinar on Thursday, March 13th, from 2:00-3:00 ET, to hear from two cities that have recently experienced extreme weather fueled by climate change and emerged more resilient in its aftermath. The webinar will include extreme weather stories and recommendations from:
- Mayor Bill Finch, City of Bridgeport, CT
- Jonathan Koehn, Regional Sustainability Coordinator, City of Boulder, CO
- Melissa Higbee, Program Officer, ICLEI
One of the nation’s foremost leaders on resilience and an Inaugural Signatory to the Resilient Communities for America campaign, Mayor Bill Finch of Bridgeport, CT will recall the city’s recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and what communications strategies worked to build a stronger culture of preparedness in Bridgeport.
Jonathan Koehn with City of Boulder, CO will describe that city’s efforts to build support for resilience planning following the devastating flood event of September 2013.
Finally, Melissa Higbee with ICLEI will relay key recommendations from the ICLEI/WWF Climate Extremes Communications Guidebook.