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America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

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A changing climate presents humanity with only one option: adapt. Join your host, Doug Parsons for America's leading podcast on climate change - America Adapts! Each episode, Doug sits down with scientists, activists, policymakers, and journalists to discuss the tough questions facing this country a… read more


You Can’t Save Every Lighthouse: Building Consensus through Local Climate Adaptation Planning

In episode 170, Lisa Craig of The Craig Group joins the podcast to discuss how her company supports local governments, community groups, cultural organizations, and state, national and tribal partners in adapting to climate change.  We also discuss the challenges of adapting cultural resources in a changing climate. Doug and Lisa discuss the implications of suing a local government to adapt to climate change.  Lisa shares stories of working with communities and describes in detail how they get very different stakeholders to collaborate on adaptation planning. In a segment, ‘adapt or abandon’, Lisa gives her professional opinion on what historic resources should be preserved and which ones we might have to abandon. It’s a provocative conversation but ultimately one many of us will have to have. Lisa also shares her unique professional journey into the adaptation sector. We also get a sneak peak of some work America Adapts will be doing with Lisa’s team in Trinidad and Tobago in 2023.


Topics covered:

  • Hazard mitigation and its role in historic preservation.
  • Historic preservation planning drives local adaptation planning.
  • The art of getting diverse stakeholders to collaborate on adaptation planning.
  • Lisa’s history of adaptation planning throughout the United States.
  • What is Keeping History Above Water?
  • Can you sue someone or a government entity to adapt because a historic resource is at risk from climate change?
  • We do a new segment, “adapt or abandon” and Lisa gives her professional advice on some historic sites and if we should save them or abandon them.
  • Preview of our upcoming collaboration, Resilient Heritage: Trinidad & Tobago Conference
  • How one pivots professionally into the adaptation sector.

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Talking Climate Adaptation with The Walton Family Foundation’s Environment Program with Dr. Moira McDonaldIn episode 113 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Moira McDonald of The Walton Family Foundation. Moira shares the focus of the foundation, with an emphasis on Louisiana coastal planning, wetland restoration and the role of the Mississippi River in adaptation. We also discuss strategic planning at a foundation; integrating adaptation into conservation planning and the challenges of risk taking for a foundation. Moira also discusses the role of the foundation in local community planning and much more! Fundamentals of National Security and Climate Change with Commander Andrea Cameron of the U.S. Naval War College. Ep. 126.In episode 126 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Commander Andrea Cameron of the U.S. Naval War College. In this episode, we discuss how the US military is approaching climate change; teaching this topic to military officers; learn what military branch is ahead on climate planning; how other countries like China and Russia are aggressively ramping up their adaptation efforts; the process of prioritizing a national threat and what we might expect to see in a Biden Administration. This episode will ground you on the fundamentals of climate change and national security.

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