Climate Change Adaptation conference to feature author Mark Hertsgaard

by Shahram Missaghi

The Minnesota Climate Adaptation Conference will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. 


The conference is organized by the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP) and sponsored by the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center. The 2018 conference will be held at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota, and will focus on “Climate Adaptation: Past, Present, Future, Together.” The conference will offer opportunities for participants to learn about adaptation strategies for cities, tribal communities, transportation, natural resources, human health, and agriculture. Much is planned for the 2018 one day conference, starting with the opening remarks and welcoming by Jeff Peterson, Director of Water Resources Center, and a three speaker-panel led by Kenny Blumberg, the Senior Climatologist at Minnesota State Climate Office. The conference will follow with more than 25 oral presentations around timely topic areas such as human dimension, social issues, communications, and Tribal Nations, natural resources and infrastructure adaptations strategies. The conference keynote speaker is Mark Hertsgaard, author of “HOT: Living through the next fifty years in Earth”, with Minnesota’s own Mark Seeley as luncheon moderator and presenting the Climate Adaptation Awards. MCAP has designed these awards to recognize and celebrate leadership, education, research, policies, or practices that develop, advance, or implement climate adaptation strategies in Minnesota. Nominations are now open for the 2018 Minnesota Climate Adaptation Awards, so go ahead and submit a name. See the above conference’s link for additional information and instructions.

Since 2013, the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Conference (MCAC) has worked to bring local officials, planners, engineers, natural resource practitioners, and all those working in climate adaption together to learn about each other’s successes in developing adaptation strategies. The first conference focused on Preparing Minnesota for Climate Change, with presentations on the current status of climate change in Minnesota and the potential climate changes between now and 2050. More than 250 people attended the second MCAC in 2014 to learn about the effect of climate change on weather events and its impacts on recreation, tourism, watershed management, and agriculture. Transforming Awareness into Action was the 2016 conference’s theme, with a special focus on perspectives on supply chain challenges, facilities management, product development, and marketing under a changing climate.

These efforts will continue in the 2018 conference. Participants will hear and share about climate adaptation and learn about and from the recent national, regional, and local strategies. With two months until the conference, this is the time to reserve a spot by registering for the conference. Join local officials, planners, engineers, natural resource practitioners, and all those working in climate adaptation to better prepare Minnesota for climate change.