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Climate change as a wicked problem2

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Looking at the issue of climate change with a left brain approach. Why its both a challenge and an opportunity and challenging the 100% focus on certainty before action takes place. Targeted to a …

Looking at the issue of climate change with a left brain approach. Why its both a challenge and an opportunity and challenging the 100% focus on certainty before action takes place. Targeted to a general audience and part of an assignment for a course I am taking.

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  • 1. Climate Change: A Wicked but Solvable Problem A Digital Artifact by Leisa Perch
  • 2. Wicked Problems • Rittel and Webber (1972) in “Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning” defined 10 general criteria. • Tackling climate change fits these to a “T”. This presentation shows how. • Links made with available science and experiences throughout the course in shaping this artifact.
  • 3. Explanations and Interests: This is natural for who? Venice flooding 2008 – Photo by Andrea Pattero/AFP/Getty Images
  • 4. Looking Back can only help so much Adapted from Climate Change and Sustaining Caribbean Tourism by Mareba Scott, CC and Tourism, BVI, 2007
  • 5. One Issue, Many Elements Source: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, WRI, 2003
  • 6. Part of a Much Bigger Problem National Footprint Accounts, 2011 Edition
  • 7. Who’s asking, who’s looking? http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Rnlpv_G8f94 http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=R1HWoL5Xwdk&feature=related
  • 8. Not right or wrong: Better or Worse Exposure to natural disaster Social Susceptibility Fe m Sub al e he ad ed sta nda rd Social Resilience ho us hou eh ol d Nation sin g th Heal ing well-be (Individual, status Low health re e a ron p n tio uca d el e lev e uat deq A Strength of social capita l Household or as Community) er ast g ll dis we -bein n g i ic in m Liv no co fe l o ve le w Lo Eco Ade qua t Measure of social vulnerability Construct of Social Vulnerability developed by Asha Kambon, 2005 nom i c w ell-bein g e le vels of h ous in g
  • 9. Solutions without limits, without end and sometimes in contradiction
  • 10. Sometimes solutions can generate other problems Source: Oxfam, 2011
  • 11. Failure can be costly…..little room for trial and error Heavy rain: the Brazilian town of Jacuipe is swamped by floodwaters from the Jacuipe River. (AFP: Thiago Sampaio) Pakistan post flood – displaced families. (All rights reserved by UNDP Pakistan)
  • 12. Key Messages Uncertainty is not an excuse for inaction The Cos t of Too Inact ion Hig is h The responsibility is ours Managing Risk is the SMART thing to do!

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