The UPEI Climate Lab has completed its development of the Prince Edward Island Climate Change Adaptation Recommendations Report. The report outlines anticipated climate change impacts for 10 different sectors – Agriculture, Education and Outreach, Energy, Fish and Aquaculture, Forestry and Biodiversity, Insurance, Properties and Infrastructure, Public Health and Safety, Tourism, and Water – and recommends a total of 97 adaptation actions to address them. This was done with the help of input collected from online submissions, public meetings, and consultations with over 70 sectoral stakeholders. The Government of Prince Edward Island will be using this Report in the development of its upcoming Climate Change Action Plan.
Despite the work being completed by the Provincial Government, effective adaptation requires coordinated efforts of individuals, businesses, sectors, research institutions, non-governmental organizations, and all levels of government. Climate change is a shared problem that requires shared responsibility from everyone. Planned adaptation takes time and the work to develop an informed, forward-looking, comprehensive adaptation strategy must begin immediately. To achieve this, a clear vision of sustainability, the willingness to disrupt the status quo, a commitment to work together, and the urgency to act swiftly are needed from everyone. It is insufficient to “prioritize” climate change adaptation; adapting to climate change must be considered a normal way of life. Concerted effort from every Islander will be required for Prince Edward Island to successfully minimize the impacts that climate change will invariably bring.