Activity Title/Topic: Self-assessment of the capacity to adapt to climate risks
Duration of Activity: This self-directed learning is planned for a total duration of 90 minutes
Learning Outcome: At the end of this activity, you will be able to recognise the main climate risks to which you are exposed, assess your adaptive capacity level in the face of these risks and be aware of the effect that climate change can have on your vulnerability.
Materials Required: Mandatory: paper and writing material (alternatively, it can be done on a computer).
Optional: colouring pens/pencils; internet access (computer, smartphone, tablet).
Aim of Activity: Supporting you to evaluate how you are exposed to climate risks, how well prepared you are against those risks, how your vulnerability could be increased or minimised by climate change and assess your adaptive capacity, i.e., what you can do to better adapt to current and future climate situations.
On a sheet of paper, identify and list the type of climate hazards your current location is exposed to.
Based on what you have already learned and researched about climate change in your region, mark with a symbol how climate change might increase (+), decrease (-), or not significantly change (=) these risks.
Based on what you know about these subjects or after a brief news research on extreme events in your region, highlight the three types of risks that could be more dangerous for your safety.
Develop a self-assessment chart of your climate risk adaptation capacity, following these instructions:
Evaluate your preparedness level for each of the criteria. To do it, fill in the table with numbers from 1 to 5, where:
Colour each of the cells in the table, matching a colour scale to the numbers.
(Note: This step is optional but makes it easier to read your self-assessment matrix)
For example, being:
Based on your analysis of the results of the previous steps, complete your self-assessment by answering the following questions:
Links to additional resources:
RCC – Portal on climate change and impacts on natural and human systems: https://warmheartworldwide.org/climate-change/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA4feBBhC9ARIsABp_nbXDTfsOtKmDyyAarFn5M6ujEqTclw59eGiHBwbZcqj6vpzZsVbMiu4aAhRjEALw_wcB
EU Adaptation Strategy – Portal with objectives and information on actions to be taken: https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/adaptation/what_en
Sabrina Stierwalt – 8 Ways Climate Change Puts Your Safety at Risk. Worried about climate change? Or just plain confused? Here’s 8 concrete ways climate change puts your safety at risk. Published online: 12 August 2017. Available at 8 Ways Climate Change Puts Your Safety at Risk – Scientific American
Barry S. Levy and Cora Roelofs – Impacts of Climate Change on Workers’ Health and Safety, Published online: 25 February 2019. Available at em https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190632366.013.39