In the hills of Chiapas, Mexico, ranchers share innovations from one village to another to deal with longer dry seasons and mega-floods.
Against a backdrop of stronger hurricanes, bigger floods, heat and drought, innovators in communities around the world are exploring solutions to help people and communities thrive in the face of worsening extremes of climate.
And we need your help!
We want to reach out to academic institutions, local governments, non-profit organizations, and communities to encourage them to submit their best innovative projects to the Solution Search contest.† From today through July 19th, applicants can submit their entries and view other submissions. You can also nominate someone else.
Why nature, you ask? Seawalls and levees work, right?
Sure, they do. But adapting to climate change requires more than concrete. By bringing together science, local knowledge and innovative ideas, we can develop new ways to enable natural systems to help us secure our food, water and safety.
Ten finalists will be selected by a panel of esteemed judges, including snowboarder and climate activist Jeremy Jones, The New Yorker‘s Elizabeth Kolbert and Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The finalists will be announced in September on the contest website.
That’s where you come in again! The public will vote for the winning solution. The winner will receive $20,000 to help replicate their solution around the world.
The blog Planet Change will keep you posted on the contestís progress, and readers are encouraged to check www.solutionsearch.org beginning September 6th to vote for the solution they think is most likely to help people and nature adapt to climate change.
I canít wait to see what the world comes up with, can you?
Featured photo © Frank Lowenstein (Farmer to farmer outreach has helped spread innovations for climate adaptation in Chiapas.)
Frank Lowenstein is Climate Adaptation Strategy Leader for The Nature Conservancy. This post is adapted from a recent blog on Planet Change, devoted to enhancing the conversation on climate change and inspiring actions of all sizes. Opinions expressed here are the personal opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Nature Conservancy.