ADAPTATION PROGRAMS IN THE REGION
The Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association (ACASA) is part of a national program developed by Natural Resources Canada to support a regional focus on climate change, adaptation and decision-making. ACASA has been working on projects that assess coastal and inland vulnerability to climate change impacts.ii
ACASA also administers the Atlantic Regional Adaptation Collaborative (RAC) program, focused on climate change and risk reduction, which “helps communities prepare for and adapt to local impacts posed by our changing climate, such as: decreasing fresh water supplies; increasing droughts, floods and coastal erosion; and changing forestry”iii. The RAC initiatives are designed to work with all levels of government and organizations to coordinate sustained region-specific adaptation planning, policy development, decision-making and action across the Atlantic region.iv
Our project, in part funded by ACASA’s RAC initiative, was able to take advantage of a growing network of actors working on climate change adaptation and capacity building across the region. In consultation with provincial RAC coordinators, our team identified important individuals, communities and projects focused on adaptation and we set out to document and create case studies about these stakeholders and initiatives.
Environmental Economy Development and Advanced Protective Materials
As the scope of the material mined and developed in each of these regions developed so has the amount of innovation in the area. Innovation that has caused hundreds of smaller companies to spread out and develop chains of technology that are based off of advanced environmental research and product development. Let’s examine a few of these to get a better idea of what is happening.
Advanced WeatherProofing Systems
Using state of the art materials and insulation houses are able to be build using extremely advanced methods and weatherproofing systems that protect again weather problems and issues as they arrive. As the local ecnonomy develops so do the advanced range of these materials. We expect to see a massive improvement in the ability of these materials to help people in other areas.
Eyeglasses are a typical example of environmentally friendly materials being used in another capacity. These materials are used to reduce the amount of waste generally associated with eyeglass production. As the amount of material required to build protective glasses slows, materials that are stronger, cheaper and better for a variety of sports or activities can be produced more effectively.
Hearing protection is also another area where innovations in what seem to be unrelated industries has helped to seriously boost the technology speed of development. As industries emerge that are better equipped to deal with environmental dangers suppliers can produce materials en masse at a much lower price point.