Climate change is going to affect us all. Canadian communities are experiencing storm surges, severe storms, flooding and a shift in seasonal weather; so how can Canadians learn to adapt?
Adaptation is more than a single act. Adaptation is a lifestyle, a way of seeing the world. Adaption is a way of thinking, a way of believing in tomorrow. In Pemba we’ve seen communities think outside of the box. We’ve seen communities change the way they grow food, produce energy and secure drinking water. These changes didn’t come easily – failure in Pemba comes with tough consequences. There is also no guarantee that these new technologies will truly be able to carry Pembans through the threats of climate change, but they do now hold the key to adaptation - Pemban communities have the ability and willingness to change. They’ve tried new things and have accepted the failures with the successes. When CFI first started working in Pemba, communities were very reluctant to innovate. Now Pembans embrace new techniques and technologies. Pembans think outside of the box.
Like Pembans, rural Canadians needs to embrace change. Canadians need to find new ways to make a living - livelihoods that provide for families and community while improving natural resources in the process. Land-use must be flexible and responsive. Mono-crops, single industry towns and centralized energy grids must transition to diverse food production, vibrant rural economies and community scale energy systems. We don’t know what the future will bring, but we do know that diversity will give us a better chance of solving whatever challenges arise.
In Canada we work to adapt by practicing:
Our educational programing shares:
To foster environmental stewardship internationally by establishing community forests, promoting sustainable forestry techniques and initiating environmental education.