CMAP - Resilience
This is the focus area for you if you want to explore this question?
- How do we ensure that our climate systems build resilience in our community?
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What big ideas (think systems change) should we as a community explore to:
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- Build resilience in our community, so we can withstand both sudden and more gradual emergencies
- Establish independence from the grid through innovating back up technologies
Consider becoming a Transition Town again
There is a world-wide learning laboratory called Transition Towns. One of the founders just published a book, From what is to what if, that makes the case that climate change is a failure of imagination. In charting our future course, might we consider checking out what other regions around the world have learned. Might we not consider joining an alliance of towns in various stages of transition from the status quo to an emerging status new? Might it behoove us to honor our admission of a climate emergency with a way of jump-starting our co-created action plan? Transition Towns cut across alll of the focus areas, so it seemed appropriate to place this in the center. It cuts across Equity and Resilience, but perhaps better suited to the Resilience bucket.0the.dragons.be.here10 months ago
Community-based water management in a high desert ecology
Mni Wičoni. I have visited farmers to our East and they remark on the fact that in Colorado we have competition for the limited resource we know as water. They also remark on the flood or drought aspect here: when it rains it pours because of the runoff from increasing urban impermeable surfaces. Boulder would do well to take a long-range plan at water management that is based upon community benefit rather than cost-benefit. A community benefit would be to slow the water down and conserve it locally. This would take a community approach to mitigating the problem that provides additional benefits in a water challenged environment. The community could demand a water system study of the inputs and outputs of the county much as the Greenhouse Gas Inventory, and waste streams have done. As the GHG and waste streams studies have shown, we could then set reasonable targets to help ensure a sustainable future. Identification of and building relationships with other water challenged cities doing similar regenerative work would be appropriate. Water is life...0the.dragons.be.here10 months ago
Add community support for the county litigation against Oil and Gas to take some responsibility for the cost of damages.
We should investigate if the suit could help neighborhoods prepare for the next climate disruption by funding proactive measures such as helping to provide a neighborhood communications infrastructure, neighborhood preparedness trailers containing relief supplies, helping fund neighborhood preparedness planning are just some of the possibilities. This intelligent and caring community will come up with the other ideas! By building support for the suit that benefits all of us, and by staking a community claim to the suit's benefits, we can demonstrate the power of the people? I am hopeful the judiciary will have a harder time throwing out this kind of suit when there is clear citizen approval.1the.dragons.be.here12 months ago
Build community before disaster instead of following
As a climate refugee who lost a home in the 2010 wildfire, I experienced the blooming of community following the fire. The county offered counseling, brought victims to together, brought in outside consultants and helped us deal with all the details of rebuilding. The community opened a resource center where the homeless could find the necessities to rebuild their lives. The community found ways to fundraise for victims and consider group buying and discounts for victims. Then we had the floods of 2013, which again led to community mobilization. People opened their homes to help victims get out of the disaster shelters and on with their lives. Bands of volunteers helped affected mountain communities clean up and start again. The county helped move resources wherever they were needed. In fact the Better Together initiative offered as a focus area was birthed at this time. I believe we need to be thinking about pre-disaster community building. We know that the disruptions will be more frequent and increasingly intense. As a community, we need to plan for the contingencies we will be facing and be prepared to execute as required. The goal here the co-benefit of healthy community building which is a grand enabler and foundational skill for many of the focus initiatives being planned. Proactively investing in readiness will pay great dividends in the coming years.0the.dragons.be.here8 months ago
Create an outreach working group which searches for communities in the world that have done what we are planning to do and connect to them.
In a hive, there is a scouting role that provides the hive with status on the world around it. We would use these scouts to identify successes already achieved in other communities, find guidance on the lessons already learned, and increase inter-community bandwidth through communication as well as a home exchange of connected parties. We might look to our existing sister cities for inspiration, and we might find new sister cities as well. A win-win.1