I continue to hope that ICLEI-Worldwide will lead governments at every level to a higher level of sanity about climate change and I pray that ICLEI-USA will prove to be the local government antidote to stalemate at the federal government level.

The sad truth of it, though, is that most of the money needed to fund the changes we need is bottled up by the impotence of our federal government. Local efforts have a ceiling to what they can afford to accomplish, beyond which they’ll be powerless. Still, there’s so much to do in terms of assessment, preparation, public education and public leadership, that it’s not like the local governments have time to sit around waiting for the money to put them to work.

True to what pResilience is all about, the fast-developing ICLEI-USA site now includes a Learn From Others section where they’re just beginning to post, Model Ordinances, Best Practices and Case Studies along with Success Stories and guidance on local activism. Finally, an adult has arrived in the classroom. This is exactly what needs to happen at the government level and I’m doing my part here to advertise their work, not only to encourage kudos, but to inform more people about their valuable content.

A month ago, ICLEI – in partnership with the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers – held the first ever Municipal Adaptation Workshop where , in ICLEI’s words, it “provided an outstanding opportunity to learn more about regional climate impacts as well as mechanisms for preparing for those impacts.” The workshop included cool useful stuff like:

  • Up-to date forecasted regional climate impacts;
  • Training on conducting a community vulnerability assessment;
  • Break-out sessions on planning for public health, coastal, freshwater, and ecological impacts;
  • Hands-on adaptation action prioritization exercise;
  • Assessment of the financial implications of inaction; and
  • Exclusive peer networking forum on local climate protection best practices.

Sessions were structured such that attendees were able to begin obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary to begin enhancing resiliency to a changing climate in their respective communities.