In this episode of ClimateGenn I am speaking with Dr Minnie Go about her recent book ‘Rethinking Community Resilience’ looking in detail at how the city of New Orleans emerged from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.
Minnie’s work looks at how the dynamics between civic groups and governing bodies can determine very different outcomes.
Distrust of government by those most impacted communities meant they worked hard and fast to repair the damage to the same standards experienced before Katrina hit.
A better informed approach would have looked at what was necessary to protect them against future impacts that the science tells us are increasing in power and frequency.
Minnie’s work gives us insight into how civic groups and communities are likely to become more resilient based on the characteristics and efficacy of regional government.
In the next episode, I am speaking to Sir Tim Smit, who created the Eden Project in Cornwall, the UK just over 20 years ago.
Sir Tim discusses how the Eden Project has developed and become a shop window for initiatives that are going to be key to our survival in the coming years as climate closes in.
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