Climate Adaptation Conference keynote speaker Beth Gibbons brings climate adaptation into the mainstream
In an Ann Arbor MI appearance earlier this year, Beth Gibbons emphasized what is possible when confronting climate change. “We have a lot of control over how those impacts will feel for our community,” Gibbons said. “The choices in our policies, our land use, the way that we pave or don’t pave, the preservation of green space, the way that we manage our cities has a tremendous effect on the impacts of climate change.”
The connectivity of climate change factors will be at the heart of Gibbon’s keynote speech at the Minnesota Climate Adaption Conference January 22, 2020. As the executive director of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals, Gibbons brings adaptation best practices into the broader conversation across many sectors and scales, emphasizing that urban and rural areas both need to be part of the conversation and action to mitigate the effects of climate change.
The Minnesota Climate Adaptation Conference – Crossing Boundaries-Sparking Collaboration will be held at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. Breakout sessions follow Gibbon’s keynote, covering topics to include tools and trends, water, agriculture, forests, natural resources, policy and governance, health, communities, and collaboration. The conference will also recognize the winners of the 2020 Climate Adaptation awards to recognize and celebrate exceptional achievements that improve resilience and advance climate adaptation strategies.
Conference organizers hope to bring together citizens and representatives from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to inspire and encourage greater implementation of climate adaptation practices in communities throughout Minnesota.