Conference participants take on climate change planning
Participants at the Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference had little to say about whether climate change is taking place. The topics during the conference focus on how to deal with the storms, high temperatures and droughts expected as global temperatures rise as predicted in climate models.
“You’re here today to help us think about how we deal with this fast-moving, unsettling change,” Gov. Maggie Hassan said during a lunch-time address. “We need to make sure we do everything we can to protect what makes New Hampshire so special,” she added, mentioning the state’s natural beauty and working landscape.
Antioch used the event to launch its Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience.
Christie Manning, professor of psychology at Macalester College, said community projects, such as construction of a solar farm, encourage behavioral change.“I feel hope. This is a solution that plugs into something bigger,” Manning said. “It’s very important to feel efficacy and hope.”
“The bad news is climate’s changing, it’s caused by us, and it’s going to get worse,” Wake said. “The good news is it’s caused by us, and we can do something about it.”
The conference included exhibitions by about two dozen organizations, including Massachusetts Audubon, Liberty Utilities, government agencies such as the EPA, and the American Society of Adaptation Professionals.