We wouldn't expect someone to be able to run a bank or do surgery unless we trained them to do it. So why do we think we can "magically" adapt to climate change when we haven't taught people how?
Workers across every nook and cranny of society need to learn what climate change adaptation is, how it affects their jobs and what they can do to tackle it.
That's why Vivian Forssman, Robin Cox and the team at the Adaptation Learning Network (now CanAdapt) at Royal Roads University in British Columbia decided to spend almost 4 years of their lives figuring out how to teach Canadian workers to address adaptation.
Though they had a pretty straightforward plan to identify core competencies and develop some courses, they soon found themselves having to find new ways to "do" higher education as they navigated a world disrupted by COVID, JEDI, reconciliation, and a looming recession.
In this episode, Vivian shares her story about how they wrangled unforeseen challenges and developed deep insights that are now informing work to educate professionals across Canada, including the entire civil service.
Read the Adaptation Learning Network's final report, discover the future of this work and find out more about climate change adaptation educational opportunities.
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