Implementation has begun!
We have begun meeting with three working groups: Wildfire Smoke, Heat, & Health, Buildings, Land Use, & Transportation, and Agriculture. Our current focus is mainstreaming climate resiliency with existing efforts, particularly those that address upstream health and are related to the COVID-19 pandemic response. To be successful, climate solutions must be integrated with efforts related to the social determinants of health, including housing, safe streets, green space, mental health, and food access. If you would like to receive more information on the working groups, or would like to apply to join one, contact Caroline Lauer.
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THE PROCESS AND THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE PLAN
climate projections in missoula county
the Impacts climate change poses
what and who is vulnerable
goals and strategies for addressing our vulnerabilities
climate resiliency and covid-19
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We have developed 12 principles to guide the process of prioritizing and implementing the climate adaptation goals and actions that are presented in this plan. While all of these principles should be considered with respect to each adaptation goal and action, we recognize that in some cases there will be tradeoffs among the principles. We also know that to be resilient we need to collectively reduce our contributions to climate change by reducing our emissions.
collaborate and think holistically.
Climate change touches all aspects of our lives, requiring us to collaborate in new ways, to work across sectors and silos, and to think beyond our geographic boundaries.
Adaptation actions should not increase inequity. Prioritize actions that build resilience while focusing on underrepresented and vulnerable groups and increasing equity.
ACT WITH, NOT FOR.
Maximize transparency and inclusivity in planning and implementation. Empower people with knowledge and tools to participate and take ownership of climate resiliency actions.
draw on tradition and culture.
Honor cultural values and draw on traditional ecological knowledge through collaborative partnerships. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are key partners, especially given that Missoula County falls within the ancestral homelands of these tribes.
Make decisions based on the best available science while explicitly considering uncertainty.
value natural processes.
Learn from nature and protect and restore naturally resilient ecological processes.
don't exacerbate the problem.
Adaptation actions should avoid increasing our contribution to climate change or undermining the ability of other sectors or regions to adapt. Prioritize actions that reduce our contribution to climate change while building resilience.
build on past work.
Recognize, value, and integrate prior and ongoing work. Don’t reinvent the wheel.
BALANCE IMMEDIATE AND LONG-TERM NEEDS.
When prioritizing actions, select a combination of easy, quick wins and critical but challenging longer-term initiatives.
CONSIDER COSTS AND BENEFITS.
Adaptation actions should be evaluated by considering their long-term costs and benefits alongside the costs of not taking action.
FOCUS ON PREVENTION.
When possible, prioritize actions aimed at avoiding problems rather than addressing them after they occur.
innovate and adapt.
Monitor and evaluate actions to learn what’s actually working. Experiment with emerging solutions, be creative, maintain flexibility as conditions change, and build capacity to respond to the unexpected.
Explore Adaptation Goals and Strategies by Sector.
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Explore Missoula's Climate Impacts.