With today’s Global Climate Strike mobilising millions of people from all walks of life and corners of the globe, Extinction Rebellion maintaining the pressure for truth and action, and world leaders arriving in New York for Monday’s UN Climate Action Summit, public awareness of climate change has never been greater. As Chair of CIWEMs Climate Change Network, I’m delighted to see this elevation of the subject in our national conscience, at a time when there are so many political distractions and a looming General Election.
So it was a great pleasure to Chair a panel on ‘Declaring a climate emergency: what does this mean for flood risk management?’ as the closing session of CIWEM’s ‘Future of Flood Risk Management’ conference this week.
Personally, my key message from the discussion is the need for us, as an industry, to work hard to engage and promote the truth around the impacts of climate change and articulate how it will affect flood and coastal risks and our ability to deliver management actions. To co-ordinate across sectors to inform and ensure consistency in the message, and to work hard to identify those actions, such as Natural Flood Management, that are truly climate win-wins, that must be scaled up in the face of the climate emergency.
Adam Hosking, Chair of CIWEM’s Climate Change Specialist Panel and Water Resources Director at Jacobs.
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