In the ADAPT podcast, host Brendan Rivers talks with six people who are working to help Northeast Florida adapt to sea level rise and climate change. Guests include Florida’s first-ever Chief Resilience Officer and an environmental psychologist who teaches people how to talk about climate change. The ADAPT podcast comes from WJCT Public Media in Jacksonville, Florida, which is also behind the digital magazine ADAPT, at adaptflorida.org.
The Coordinator: Sean Lahav
Northeast Florida Regional Council Resiliency Coordinator Sean Lahav is just 24, but he’s already coordinating resilience efforts across all of Florida’s First Coast. His job includes getting “movers and shakers” from the private sector to think about incorporating sea level rise into their plans.
The Planner: Shane Corbin
LEED certification, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was created to encourage builders to be more sustainable. But last year, the entire city of Atlantic Beach undertook the process. City Manager Shane Corbin says the data gathering it required has given planners a roadmap for improving everything from energy efficiency to the amount of waste residents generate.
The City's Tree Guy: Richard Leon
Trees do all sorts of amazing things — trap and store carbon, protect us from floods, absorb pollutants and increase property values. Jacksonville’s Urban Forestry Manager Richard Leon looks at them as critical urban infrastructure and plans to plant as many as possible in the nation’s biggest city.
The Conversation Starter: Lauren Watkins
Scientists say the most important thing individuals can do to help fight climate change is to talk about it. But 64% of Americans say they rarely or never do. Lauren Watkins is trying to fix that. She teaches people how to have productive, non-polarizing conversations about environmental issues. She opens up her toolkit for us — and opens up about the communication challenges in her own family.
The Scientist: Adam Rosenblatt
Before we can talk about what to do about climate change, we have to understand what it is. Luckily, University of North Florida biology Professor Adam Rosenblatt has experience explaining the basics to his classes. He breaks down the science and then talks about his advocacy efforts on the local, state and national level.
Last year was the hottest-ever on record in Jacksonville—where some areas of town are still recovering from the last major hurricane. And with seas projected to rise more than 6 feet by the end of the century, builders continue to put homes and businesses along the waterfront. So who are the people in Northeast Florida working to protect us and help us adapt to sea-level rise and other effects of climate change? We’ll meet them in the upcoming ADAPT podcast, hosted by Brendan Rivers.