Living With Climate Change

Living in Climate change group photo

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Lead Investigator: Michaela Hynie
Partners: S.M. Sehgal Foundation, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Women in Environment, UNDP GEF Small Grants Program Pakistan

The goal of Living with Climate Change: Mapping Experience and Adaptation across the Global South and North (LCC) partnership is to generate knowledge of how those directly affected by extreme social and environmental changes understand these changes, and how this understanding shapes their subsequent adaptation strategies. In particular, we are interested in how different social, environmental and policy contexts affect adaptation strategies, so as to inform policies that can support successful and equitable local adaptations to environmental changes, adaptation strategies that are integrated and coordinated with global strategies and needs. An immediate need is to support local adaptations to these changes in ways that ensure social equity, human rights, and global coordination.

LCC group photo 2The ongoing challenge in the Canadian context remains one of identifying diverse ranges of solutions and approaches that can be mobilized and spread widely across Canadian communities. The Global North, including Canada, has many lessons to learn and absorb from communities in the Global South, and how local peoples elsewhere are adapting to climate change.

Given the global nature of climate change, however, successful adaptation also demands the sharing of information across regions and nations. We will therefore compare and contrast how individuals and communities in different cultures and nations adapt to change as a function of social, policy and environmental contexts, but also compare within communities, as a function of social variables such as gender, disability and caste/social class.

Visit the Living in Climate Change website.

For more information about this project, please contact:
Emily Hostland, Projects Coordinator
416 736 2100 ex. 20712

Living with Climate Change project: man getting water