In 2011, close to 100 citizens, local experts, and decision-makers attended a two-day ClimateWise workshop in Missoula, where they discussed how climate change could impact the community, economy, and natural systems of Missoula County. After a two-day discussion, participants developed over 100 recommendations that various agencies, nonprofits, citizens, and groups can implement to help prepare our region for change.
Now, the Clark Fork Coalition and its partners are working to implement these community recommendations by supporting ongoing adaptation projects as well as helping to coordinate new efforts.
Download the Missoula County Climate Change Primer to read highlights from the workshop.
Download the list of ClimateWise strategies recommended by the Missoula community.
With the help of Headwaters Economics, we created an interactive website to give you a portal into the conversations and ideas that came out of the two-day community workshop. Scroll through these pages, learn more about how community members perceive certain threats, and find out how you can tap into opportunities for proactive action to protect our quality of life in Missoula County.
This website is intended to provide qualitative insight and context for the workshop, not scientific analysis. For a description of interactive graphic methodologies, please download this Methods document.
Strategies: Working in small groups, participants recommended many strategies to decrease the vulnerability of local resources and populations to climate change. Some strategies are policy suggestions, others have to do with outreach or planning.
Economic Impacts: Participants raised a number of economic concerns related to climate change, including higher costs associated with fires, floods, or drought, higher costs of providing goods or agriculture, economic consequences of a lowered quality of life, loss of ecosystem services, and more.
Social/Cultural Impacts: Participants laid out a number of social/cultural concerns, including how changes in plant and animal communities might affect farming or tourism, how lower streamflows would affect water users, and how an increase in forest fires may lead to air pollution and public health problems.
Environmental Impacts: Participants also outlined a number of environmental concerns, including species decline, habitat loss, and decreased resilience of ecological systems.
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What is ClimateWise?
The ClimateWise process was developed by the Geos Institute, a nonprofit based in Oregon. This process helps a community to brainstorm proactive measures based on the best available science to prepare for climate change, and encourages people to work in cross-sector groups to increase community cohesion.
ClimateWise Steering Committee: