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Panel discussion—Climate adaptation in Nova Scotia: Overblown or under water?

By February 19, 2021No Comments

Together with the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy, MEOPAR is excited to present the upcoming panel Climate adaptation in Nova Scotia: Overblown or underwater? as part of the Policy Matters: Nova Scotia Election 2021 series.

With over 13,000 kilometres of coastline and more than 70% of the population living within 20 kilometres of the coast, Nova Scotia’s population, infrastructure, cultural heritage, and economy are highly vulnerable to sea-level rise, flooding, hurricanes, and storm surges. This extreme weather is becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change.

How should the province adapt to this new reality and how should communities increase their resiliency to withstand these disasters? What are some ecological, financial, governance, and disaster resilience perspectives?

Join panellists Robin Cox (professor of Disaster and Emergency Management at Royal Roads University), Patricia Manuel (professor of Planning at Dalhousie University), Steve Plante (professor of Regional Development and Society at Université du Québec à Rimouski) and Scott Vaughn (Senior Fellow, International Institute for Sustainable Development) on March 4 at 1pm AST for a discussion lead by MEOPAR’s Managing Director, Rodrigo Menafra.

Feeling extra fired up about climate adaptation? The MacEachen Institute is also hosting an Op-Ed Competition, challenging Dalhousie University students to direct their passions toward policy-makers in the form of a written submission (up to 650 words, max) on any subject of your choice that can be reasonably identified as a provincial responsibility and relevant to Nova Scotia.

All entrants will be invited to participate in an online workshop hosted by the MacEachen Institute on pitching an op-ed to a news media outlet AND there are cash prizes up for grabs. The deadline to submit your op-ed is also March 4—find full details on how to do so, here.