Local Resilience as Climate Action

As we face the awful exigencies of the climate crisis, there are choices to make in how we direct our limited capacity to respond. Our tendency, on the American environmental scene, has been to focus on our role as individual components of a destructive system. Respond to climate change, we have preached, by reducing your personal share of the impact — use less electricity, drive less, fly less, eat less meat, and divest from or boycott environmentally destructive corporations. Most consideration of adaptation is on a level that most people can only participate in through political deliberation…