Resist, accommodate, retreat. Of the climate adaptation
categories, retreat – moving away from risk – is the most
controversial but the most likely to create transformative change. This talk
will review some of the challenges that make retreat difficult: sunk
economic investments; connections to place; historic inequities; government
incentives. We will discuss some of the strategies that have been employed
by communities around the United States to overcome these challenges and to
relocate homes or even towns away from hazards, and the ethical challenges
involved. We will discuss whether these measures go far enough and what
fairness and justice mean in a retreat context.
A.R. Siders is an assistant professor at the Disaster Research Center, Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, and Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Delaware. As a lawyer and social scientist, her work focuses on the social justice implications of government incentive structures for climate adaptation. She studies managed retreat and adaptive capacity and is an advocate of audacious adaptation.
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