For Immediate Release
Transforming Our Lives in the Face of Crisis
In Glasgow, on the opening day of COP, a press conference will invite COP26 to get real about adaptation as the primary challenge now facing us.
Said Dr. Rupert Read, co-editor of ‘Deep Adaptation’, “To get serious, COP would put adaptation EQUAL to mitigation. Or even maybe first. Because climate chaos is here.”
Defining adaptation then becomes utterly crucial. The session will argue that Transformative And Deep Adaptation is what we need. Any incremental/defensive adaptation should only occur within that overarching frame of seeking to transform our systems, on the basis of an ethics of unity, of us all ultimately being in this together, and to prepare for the worst.
Dr. Read added: “The Earth’s protective systems need protecting, if we are to be able to adapt. But defensive adaptation - merely building higher flood defenses, etc., the kind of approach to adaptation being most vocally put forward by the Australian Government, does not protect the Earth’s protective systems. On the contrary, perpetuating high-carbon systems, it further damages the Earth’s protective systems."
“Adaptation is the best route to mitigation/prevention/protection too! Because adaptation makes the crisis psychologically real. Unlike the talk of ‘2050’, or even ‘2035’."
"So there is a virtuous circle: Adaptation, properly defined, supports and includes mitigation. And mitigation makes adaptation feasible."