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Is Resilience Falling Victim to Political Expediency?
With media reports suggesting that at least 124 people have died because of Hurricane Irma and that more than 60 have lost their lives in Hurricane Harvey, the impact of these events has been devastating.
For Australia, this drives home the need to prepare our communities for what many climate scientists say will be rising sea levels and weather events which are more frequent and intense in nature.
The magnitude of the problem should not be underestimated. Take sea level rises, for instance. In its report on likely sea level rises released in January this year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States talked about six possible scenarios where global average sea levels would rise by between 0.3 metres and 2.5 metres between now and the year 2100. Intermediate projections sat at 1.0 metres and intermediate-high projections sat at 1.5 metres. With an average sea level rise of 1.1 metres, Australia’s then Department of Climate Change estimated (as of 2009) that 247,600 individual buildings Australian buildings in coastal zones could be at risk due to flooding, inundation, erosion and other hazards.
Since their impact does not always appear to have an immediate effect upon people’s daily lives, however, efforts and expenditure on climate change adaption strategies are not a political vote winner.
That raises questions about whether Australia’s efforts to prepare our communities to become more resilient are sufficient or if efforts in this area are being impacted by political expediency.
According to Alan Stokes, executive director of the Australian Coastal Councils Association (ACCA), not enough is being done.
As an example, he points to the National Climate Adoption Research Facility at Griffith University which was originally set up under the Howard Government and which works to support…
Our home, Our people – Stories of climate vulnerability and resilience in Fiji
Our Home, Our People is a storytelling project produced by the Fijian Government, in partnership with the World Bank, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Program.
Encompassing a 360° virtual reality video and an interactive website, Our Home, Our People explores climate change vulnerability and resilience in Fiji through the stories of four people.
Their memories, hopes, fears and resilience reveal to audiences how rising sea levels and extreme weather impact Fijian people today, and what support is required in the future…