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Climate Adaptation Moves to the Forefront

A new company to manage climate change risks for business and government.

I have been waiting for more of an emphasis on climate adaptation to happen. This is the area of climate change in which emergency management has a role. When you hear the phrase “climate mitigation,” it is usually about reducing greenhouse gasses.

Since we are failing in our ability to limit the increase in worldwide temperatures, you must “adapt” to the new reality. Therefore, I found it interesting to see the launch of a new company, Adaptation Leader.

The following comes from a news release: “As governments and businesses face climate-related emergencies in ever-increasing numbers, scale, and severity, their leaders are beginning to realize they don’t want to be caught without the strategies needed to remain viable and even flourish in a rapidly changing world. There also is growing recognition that major climate-related business and financial risks are surfacing right now, not just in the long term,” observes co-founder Lisa Granquist. Adaptation Leader seeks to work with change agents within those organizations and initiatives who understand that climate change adaptation is an important internal and external priority alongside mitigation and who may require assistance in leveraging that understanding into robust strategies and actions.”

The bottom line is that if we will be dealing with a warming climate, we will need to adapt to the changing conditions. Adaptation Leader aims to provide services to leaders of organizations that want to plan and implement climate adaptation actions to protect and optimize their investments across their programs, products and people.
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.