Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New Adaptation Mavens' Advice Column: Knowing and Not Knowing

Dear Adaptation Mavens,
Here’s a topic I’m surprised hasn’t gotten more attention in your column: uncertainty. It seems to me to be the number one bugaboo for getting action on climate change, and it’s what lets so many conservatives live in denial about the importance of this issue. It’s what makes climate change so much different than all the other environmental problems we face, and quite frankly it IS hard to know what to do given that we don’t know how much climate change will happen and what it will do. So how can we move beyond climate uncertainty paralysis and actually start adapting our work to climate change?
                                                                                                   - Certainly Uncertain

Dear Certainly,
To quote Ben Franklin, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Our lives are fraught with daily uncertainty from the weather to the international financial markets to our boss’s mood, yet when it comes to climate change, people feel somehow paralyzed by the uncertainty. Why is this?

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