The extent and intensity of floods in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium this summer have given more than just the usual suspects pause for thought. The destruction is not only very dangerous but is driving home the message that no region or community can assume that it is safe from serious environmental destablisation. If one of the richest countries in world cannot protect its citizens from catastrophic climate events then surely this is the time to recognise that this has serious implications for how we and our governments should now act.
In this session we will gather together to reflect on what the floods mean for the communities living through them, for the UK’s adaptation efforts (including reference to CCRA3) and for us as individuals in our work and the places where we live. We will also ask whether it is possible to use this moment to move the debate on from just ‘more flood defences’ to a deeper, transformative resilience that reaches beyond flooding.
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