Working for a healthy, just, and resilient Missoula
Summer 2022 -
Wildfire smoke will likely roll into our valley yet this summer. Everything you need to know to prepare and track air quality is at: MontanaWildfireSmoke.org
It's also getting hot out there. We've a new Climate Ready resource for Missoula:
Extreme Heat Preparedness -- what can we learn from other communities
This resource was developed by UM Masters in Public Health Student Morgan Miller (spring 2022) -- just for us and just in time for the heat of the summer. Be inspired.
Check out this short animated film. Thanks 6 Pony Hitch!
Climate Ready Missoula in 6 quick facts:
Ready to dig into the plan's details and get involved? Click on the buttons below.
Not sure where to start? Expand the accordion to find out more about...
THE PROCESS AND THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE PLAN
climate projections in missoula county
the Impacts climate change poses
- Impacts + Vulnerabilities outlines the challenges climate change will bring.
- Each climate impact has its own page (see drop down under Impacts + Vulnerabilities), where you can see how it will affect the different sectors of our community.
what and who is vulnerable
- Each impact page contains a table organized by sector, where you can see how the impact affects a part of our community.
- The table also contains vulnerability matrices, plotting all of the vulnerabilities facing that sector - organized from least to most severe and easier to harder to respond to. Click on the sector to expand and read more.
goals and strategies for addressing our vulnerabilities
- Goals + Strategies lets you filter our plan's goals by which type of vulnerability it addresses.
- All of our goals and actions are organized by sector, which you can explore under the Goals + Strategies tab.
climate resiliency and covid-19
In April of 2021, Missoula County hired a Climate Resilience Coordinator and implementation began in earnest. Visit the implementation page to learn more about our prioritization strategy and progress thus far.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Climate Ready Missoula leadership is working with community partners to host an array of climate resiliency events across Missoula County. Visit the events page, sign up for the newsletter, or email Caroline Lauer, Missoula County's Climate Resilience Coordinator, for more information!
Explore Climate Ready's Goals and Strategies to Build Climate Resiliency
Click on the buttons to explore each sector's goals and strategies for increasing resiliency.
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.
Why these goals and strategies? Because Missoula will experience these climate impacts:
Click on the buttons to explore the impacts of climate change in Missoula County. You can also review our climate primer and vulnerability assessment in their entirety.