Social Media and Adaptation to Climate Change

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Presentation delivered at ICLEI Conference in Brussels, September 2011. Subject: the use of social media in adaptation to climate change

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Social Media and Adaptation to Climate Change

  1. 1. Local Government, adaptation and social media: Projectwith the City of Birmingham Laura Wilkes, Policy Manager, LGiU 13 September 2011
  2. 2. Big Society and Adaptation• LGiU completed a project to examine new ways to deliver adaptation with greater community involvement.• A Big Society approach to adaptation can be taken forward through: decentralisation, transparency, finance and philanthropy.• Many opportunities for community involvement in design and delivery of adaptation initiatives – for example, through use of social media• Councils can’t do adaptation alone
  3. 3. Adaptation and Social Media:where did the idea originate? • ICLEI Resilient Cities Conference, Bonn, 2011 • Discussions on social media but no ideas on how to use it strategically • Convened a group to discuss how to take a project forward • LinkedIn group: Social Media and Adaptation
  4. 4. Project with Birmingham City Council• Project between Birmingham City Council and LGiU to examine how social media can be used in the city to develop adaptation to climate change• Mapped the elements of adaptation as a starting point
  5. 5. Elements of Adaptation
  6. 6. Social media and Emergency Response: The UK Riots
  7. 7. Learning: Use of social media and community resilience in the Birmingham riots• Emergency response: Role of citizen journalists in spreading information/countering misinformation, hyper-local blogging,• Local Leadership: councillor responses and calls for calm• Recovery: fundraising online to support looted shops, Twitter used to coordinate #riotcleanup• Prevention: reporting on measured taken to protect shops
  8. 8. Anticipated outcomes:• Toolkit – concentrating on each aspect of the adaptation cycle• Practical tools and technology to share worldwideAnticipated challenges:• Capacity – within the community and local authorities• Funding• Language and policy framing
  9. 9. Next Steps• Join our discussion: LinkedIn• Join the project• Sources of fundingLaura.wilkes@lgiu.org.uk

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