Catalyst Applied Innovation Seminar (CTL300) Webguide for Climate Crisis
Advancing anthropogenic climate crisis may be one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. In October 2019, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report urged world leaders to take action to limit global climate change to 1.5°C to avoid more severe consequences. Low- and lower-middle income countries and communities are already being disproportionately affected by the consequences of climate change including sea level rise, increased frequency of extreme weather events, longer and more intense droughts and wildfires, threats to biodiversity, and others. Design and implementation of place-based adaptation and resilience plans is needed for continued human thriving. The goal of this case is to mitigate climate change as well as support communities in adaptation and resilience while facing its consequences.
Challenge: Climate Communication
In the United States, climate crisis is still facing public scrutiny and the denial of science by political bodies. Given the urgency to act, it is necessary that climate crisis is appropriately communicated to various stakeholders. According to Yale University’s “Global Warming’s Six Americas” framework (2018), only 29% of respondents classify as “alarmed”, a group who knows climate crisis is happening, is caused by humans, and is motivated enough to act. The goal of this challenge is therefore to effectively communicate climate crisis to encourage widespread societal action.