From Here to There
Podcast Pilot

How do we get ‘from here to there?’

About a year ago I was invited by the partners of ClimateData.ca to produce a podcast pilot series about climate adaptation, shedding light on how climate data can be used to help build resilience in the transportation sector. Check them out here.

After years of exploring climate change from an emotions/mental health perspective, I saw this as an opportunity to better understand the opposite end of the climate storytelling spectrum. “From Here to There” gave me a chance to learn from the stories of people who are putting their knowledge to work to help prepare communities for climate impacts and uncertainties.

Last month, the team and I published the three pilot episodes on ClimateData.ca. This portal provides access to a bunch of Canadian climate data a wide range of learning tools and guidance. Explore the climate data maps while you listen to the 3 pilot podcast episodes!

Episode 1: Toronto's Streets

Episode 1 provides a primer on adaptation thinking, featuring a range of professionals who work with the transportation sector to help climate adapt Toronto’s streets. In this episode you’ll hear stories about:

  • The climate phenomena impacting Toronto’s streets including heat waves, extreme weather events, flooding, and urban heat islands
  • How adapting roads is about more than moving people from here to there – it’s also about how we move water. We look at the Queens Quay project as a great example of adapting Toronto’s streets using nature-based solutions
  • The people impacted by transit systems and how disruptions to transportation impact the experiences of immigrant women on the edges of the city

An introduction to adaptation thinking and how climate data services help transportation professionals as they design, plan, and maintain infrastructure.

Episode 2: Climate Risk Assessments and Climate Data

Episode 2 explores how professionals in Canada started organizing to acknowledge and integrate climate change into their thinking in a systematic way, and how the transportation sector can apply climate data to help manage future risks.

In this episode you’ll hear stories about:

  • Key turning points in the pathway to climate risk assessments over the past 20 years
  • Challenges and opportunities for using climate data services to support climate risk assessments, particularly within the transportation sector
  • Strategies for managing future uncertainty and applying what we know about climate projections
  • Examples of transportation-related projects in First Nations communities that have integrated a climate risk assessments process
Episode 3: Adapting transportation through municipal regulations

Episode 3 explores the tools that municipalities can use to support the climate resilience of their transportation systems, and how Québec communities are already adapting to a warming world.

In this episode you’ll hear stories about:

  • The power of municipalities to regulate urban planning to improve resilience
  • Climate risks faced by Québec communities and the climate data services offered by Ouranos, a hub for innovation and dialogue on climate adaptation
  • How the Union of Municipalities in Québec (UMQ) helps prioritize climate adaptation interventions
  • Examples of how climate data can inform regulations and support adaptation in the transportation sector
  • How climate adaptation can reduce costs and risks in the long-term

Connecting knowledge and action through story

Throughout the research, interview, and production process, I got a chance to think about climate storytelling from the perspective of those who are steeped in climate science and adaptation work. How do these smart folks find meaning in the midst of so much complexity and uncertainty?

Storytelling is a way to humanize the complexity of climate science and make information accessible, engaging, and relatable. While knowledge alone will never be enough to move us toward a more just and sustainable world, I hope this podcast helps people see where we are now and where we need to head.

Let me know what you think! 

– Rachel Malena-Chan, creator of Eco-Anxious Stories

A note from Rachel

I’m always looking to collaborate around climate storytelling projects. If you have an idea for a podcast topic, blog, photo essay, or knowledge translation project – give me a shout.