Protestors from the “Black Lives Matter” movement stage a die-in at the Paris Climate Summit. This demonstration, one of many at COP21, pointed out that
environmental destruction has a disproportionate impact on communities of indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, who are often left out of
policy discussions. Photo by Sarah Huang.
by concentrating on how to introduce more sustainable
forms of existence. But the game was designed in such a
way as to steer them instead towards focusing solely on
the preparation of security conflicts that would arise.
Of course it’s important to be concerned about food and
water security, but without serious attention given to
transforming our environmental relations, the situation
can only worsen.”
Johnson’s approach is essentially the antidote to the
extremist attitude of environmentality. Diplomatic and
preventative, it’s the kind of alternative Marzec is aiming
for—a sense of calm amid the storm of climate change.
“Understanding the best response to a worst-case
scenario is critical—and wholly appropriate for the defense
community—but I try to help policymakers proactively
identify adaptive, long-term strategies that are robust
to a wide range of future uncertainties, with the goal
of preventing the worst from ever coming to pass,”
Among other projects, Johnson is developing robust
policies for flood risk mitigation measures like elevating
or floodproofing homes. He’s also collaborating with
California water agencies to incorporate climate change
and other uncertainties into their planning. His work,
along with Marzec’s, helps us understand and improve
our ever-evolving world rather than fear and fight
over its changes.
By Sam Watermeier.