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Climate Floods: The Future, How and Now

  • May 19, 2020 12:47 PM
    Message # 8979688
    Newenka DuMont (Administrator)

    Climate Action Team, Roycemore School, Evanston

  • May 19, 2020 3:23 PM
    Reply # 8980193 on 8979688
    Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Timely topic considering all of the rain received in the past few days. There was a lot of flooding in the town where I live. I liked the format that you used and your illustrations. Very creative. Your explanation was quite thorough. I feel that I have a good understanding of the entire topic.

    Last modified: May 25, 2020 9:18 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
  • May 24, 2020 4:31 PM
    Reply # 8990559 on 8979688
    Alisa Singer, environmental graphite

    The presentation begins with an excellent explanation of the greenhouse gas effect. I also liked that you made it clear that flooding is a significant current issue, not just a risk for the distant future. And I appreciated that you discussed the costs of flooding and of infrastructure designed to avoid it. The only way to prevent having to incur these enormous financial impacts is to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change. 

    Small point - the statistics about 444,000 square miles and 375 million people at risk from flooding (currently included in the Florida slide) is a very important global point. Perhaps make it in a separate slide since it really covers all the world. 

  • May 29, 2020 2:53 PM
    Reply # 9001557 on 8979688
    Melissa Brice, 350 Chicago

    Hello Alex, Selim, Finn and Charlie!

    What an important topic, especially for us here in IL, as flooding will be a major climate change effect for us locally.  

    I loved your solutions to fight climate change - which is the cause of increased flooding and sea-level rise.   It is most important to address flooding through climate action, and while mitigating climate change is most important to prevent climate change from getting worse, we also need to think about adaption and resilience since we are already in the midst of climate change.    

    Maybe you can add some ideas around flood adaption and resilience to your presentation.  Solutions include:

    I think these additional solutions to minimizing flooding would be a great addition to your presentation!

    Let me know if you have any questions!

    Melissa Brice

  • May 29, 2020 11:48 PM
    Reply # 9002376 on 8979688
    Cathi White, 350 Chicago and Go Green Skokie

    Alex, Selim, Finn, and Charlie: 

    Love your punchy title! Great combo of rhyming and rhythm.

    Very professional work -- from the clear introduction of what you propose to tell us, through the brilliant description of the greenhouse effect, to your final thoughts about how we can mitigate the climate change that causes flooding.

    If you present this or other research in the future, I would urge you to add source citations (web links are fine) on each page -- especially for art or statements that viewers might question. I particularly wanted to see a source for the percentage of floods that are manmade. (How does one even calculate that?)

    The What To Do section could also include the following:

    •advocacy such as writing letters to the editor and to your representatives
    •regenerative gardening and agriculture, which have the capacity to reverse climate change; learn more at
    •planting native gardens to drain water (rain gardens); there is a local expert, a retired architect, who would love to help you design one for Roycemore. I can connect you.
    •planting trees to absorb carbon from the atmosphere; in Evanston, there is a TreeKeepers group that does this work.

    Bravi tutti!

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