Climate change is a global phenomenon, creating profound challenges that demand global responses grounded in science, politics, economics and the cultural traditions of affected areas. Volume 8 will highlight noteworthy planning responses to climate change identified in the scholarship of planning educators and researchers represented in the eleven-member associations of the Global Planning Education Association Network.
Contributions are encouraged that identify problems associated with climate change throughout the world with particular attention to mitigation strategies that are being tested and/or implemented. Articles that examine how planning education should incorporate new areas of learning and skill development are welcomed. Issues such as the linkages between climate change and health, environmental protection and conservation, alternative energy utilization to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the economics of climate change interventions are just some of the ways to identify climate change challenges and appropriate interventions. Contributions can examine adaptation to various impacts of climate change from Urban Heat Island effect, coastal hazards and extreme weather events to water scarcity. Their focus can be comprehensive or focus on hard, soft (nature-based) and hybrid infrastructure or non-structural policy responses including behavioral change and economic incentives. Research in those world regions where indigenous knowledge has been recognized as an appropriate response to climate change will provide a useful complement to predominant technological interventions and policy development.
By bringing together research and scholarship from different regions in the world, this volume will provide a unique set of perspectives and approaches to climate change challenges and offer the opportunity to learn from each other and question possibly uncontested assumptions.