Sunday, May 04, 2014

Urban Gardening as a Metaphor for Adapting to Climate Change

When we "know that we don't know", we experiment and try to learn from others.  Such investments in new strategies increases overall resilience.   This piece about urban gardening tells an optimistic tale of coping with new climate conditions.  Why doesn't this metaphor apply more broadly to every facet of our urban life in the face of climate change?  Good ideas are public goods.  The key is to create an economic environment that accelerates the discovery of such adaptation friendly ideas.  I realize that there is an adjustment cost to be paid by gardeners who learn that the original plants they have planted are not well matched for the changing climate but these plants will be rotated out and new more resilient plants will be planted.