Trees Atlanta and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library present Brian Stone - Radical Adaptation

Trees Atlanta and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library present Brian Stone - Radical Adaptation

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 7:00 PM

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 John Lewis Freedom Parkway, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307

Today, every major city – in all regions of the world – is confronted with at least three significant impacts of climate change: extreme heat, flooding, and drought. Dr. Brian Stone will explore strategies for managing the rising frequency and intensity of climate events, which he calls radical adaptation. A distinct departure from conventional modes of environmental management in cities, radical adaptation requires adaptive infrastructure to be highly dispersed rather than centralized, directed toward zones of greatest human vulnerability rather than physical vulnerability, and inclusive of strategies once deemed socially untenable. Under a radical framework, planned retreat within cities is not the last step in a series of adaptive actions but the first – and will be required in all cities, not just those situated along coastlines. The talk will explore early examples of adaptation in Atlanta and changes needed to enhance climate resilience while advancing the imperatives of climate justice, affordable housing, and a broader urban ecology.

Trees Atlanta, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, and A Cappella Books welcome Dr. Stone to discuss his book, "Radical Adaptation: Transforming Cities for a Climate Changed World."

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the venue. Masks are optional.

About the Book

"Radical Adaptation: Transforming Cities for a Climate-Changed World" considers the everyday conduits through which climate instability is revealing itself: the storm sewer drain on your street, the power lines transporting your electricity, the mix of vegetation in your backyard or neighborhood park – these are the pathways through which climate change is most likely to impact your life. For many, these are the last places we expect it to be. The first book to establish a framework for climate change adaptation, Stone aims to understand how climate change is altering our lives in the present period – this period of transition between the ancient, stable climate of our ancestors and the unfolding, no longer stable climate of our children – and how our cities might adapt to these changes. Stone's concern is with the risks posed by a new environmental regime for which our modes of living are ill-adapted and with how these modes of living must be altered – radically altered – to persist in a climate-changed world.

About the Author

Brian Stone Jr. is a professor at the School of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he teaches urban environmental planning and directs the Urban Climate Lab. Stone's research program is focused on urban-scale drivers of climate change and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. His work on urbanization and climate change is regularly featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on National Public Radio. He is the author of "The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live," which received a Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award, and the recently published "Radical Adaptation: Transforming Cities for a Climate Changed World" (Cambridge University Press). Stone holds environmental management and urban planning degrees from Duke University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.