Talking about climate adaptation is synonymous with raising the white flag for some people.
I get it. Admitting that you're losing a fight is tough.
But to do the opposite is like the ostrich with its head in the sand. (For a run read on why that animal truism is very wrong, check out this funny and fact-filled summary from How Stuff Works.)
Experts agree that we cannot stop climate change. The question now is this: How much will the climate change?
Since that is true, a question for Entrepreneurs for Impact, might be this: How can I solve these coming challenges with business solutions?
From the United Nations Climate Change Adaptation Unit, here are the four priority areas you might think about (in their own words):
Ecosystem-based adaptation - Implementing projects (e.g., mangrove preservation) that utilize biodiversity and ecosystem services (e.g., coastline protection) as part of a holistic adaptation strategy.
Access to adaptation finance - Helping countries to gain access to finance for building resilience and national capacity. As examples, consider that city, county and state governments in the US have developed more than 100 adaptation plans, and the plan for New York City alone is expected to require almost $20B of investment.
Or, if this is confusing or too high level, ask yourself this:
What will homeowners and businesses need in a hotter future, where severe storms are more frequent and ?
The list is long, for sure. As an entrepreneur in this sector, you could literally be a lifesaver, while creating jobs and paying for your kids private college at the same time.