Climate Change Adaptation in Megacities

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 5:00pm

Rit Aggarwala is the former director of long-term planning and sustainability for New York City and currently special advisor to Michael Bloomberg in his role as chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

His talk examines how implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally will help address climate change globally.  It begins at 5:00 PM in Kroon Hall’s Burke Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.His talk examines how implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally will help address climate change globally.  It begins at 5:00 PM in Kroon Hall’s Burke Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

The talk is part of a semester-long speaker series titled From Mitigation to Adaptation: Regional Responses to Climate Change. With efforts to mitigate climate pollution floundering or, at best, moving forward only incrementally, adaptation strategies are increasingly important. Following Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, which made plain the vulnerability of the U.S. coasts, President Obama’s climate policy speech in summer 2013 gave climate adaptation policy equal billing with climate mitigation. The series, co-hosted by YCELP and YCEI, highlights regional and local approaches to climate adaptation, and how those strategies fit within the larger context of climate change mitigation.