Climate Change: A Wicked but
Solvable Problem
A Digital Artifact
by Leisa Perch
Wicked Problems
• Rittel and Webber (1972) in “Dilemmas in a
General Theory of Planning” defined 10
general criteria.
• Ta...
Explanations and Interests: This is natural for who?

Venice flooding 2008 – Photo by Andrea Pattero/AFP/Getty Images
Looking Back can only help so much

Adapted from Climate Change and Sustaining Caribbean Tourism by Mareba Scott, CC and T...
One Issue, Many Elements

Source: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, WRI, 2003
Part of a Much Bigger Problem

National Footprint Accounts, 2011 Edition
Who’s asking, who’s looking?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=Rnlpv_G8f94

http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=R1HWoL5Xwdk&feat...
Not right or wrong: Better or Worse
Exposure to natural disaster

Social Susceptibility
Fe
m

Sub

al e he
ad
ed

sta

nda...
Solutions without limits, without end
and sometimes in contradiction
Sometimes solutions can generate other
problems

Source: Oxfam, 2011
Failure can be costly…..little room for trial and
error

Heavy rain: the Brazilian town of Jacuipe is swamped by
floodwate...
Key Messages
Uncertainty
is not an
excuse for
inaction

The

Cos
t of
Too Inact
ion
Hig
is
h

The
responsibility
is ours

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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 general audience and part of an assignment for a course I am taking.

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  1. 1. Climate Change: A Wicked but Solvable Problem A Digital Artifact by Leisa Perch
  2. 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. 3. Explanations and Interests: This is natural for who? Venice flooding 2008 – Photo by Andrea Pattero/AFP/Getty Images
  4. 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. 5. One Issue, Many Elements Source: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, WRI, 2003
  6. 6. Part of a Much Bigger Problem National Footprint Accounts, 2011 Edition
  7. 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. 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. 9. Solutions without limits, without end and sometimes in contradiction
  10. 10. Sometimes solutions can generate other problems Source: Oxfam, 2011
  11. 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. 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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