Droughts, floods, extreme heat, bitter cold—weather extremes in Texas are now an established fact of daily life for all residents of the state. How are we to adapt to these climate extremes and their impact on water supply, infrastructure, public resources and vulnerable populations? What strategies can the public and private sectors engage in collaboration to prepare for such seesawing climate extremes? What can I, as an individual, accomplish to help address the underlying issues of climate extremes? Join us for this urgent and important discussion about climate extremes in Texas.
Sponsored by the SMU Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity, along with Community Partners, this half-day program features opening remarks by Interim SMU Provost Harold Stanley, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Consul General of France Sujiro Seam—Paris is host site of COP 21, the global U.N Climate Change Conference, in December—and two remarkable panels of experts whose scholarship and work in the area of climate extremes have contributed significantly to understanding this vital public issue. A special luncheon and call to actionable next steps conclude what promises to be a dynamic half-day program. The SMU event is an official conference of COP21 Paris, the UN conference on climate change set for December 2015. The conference is part of a series of sessions called “FACTS (French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS)” which are being organized by the Embassies of France in both Canada and the United States.