A Perspective on Climate Change: “If mitigation is about CARBON, then adaptation is about WATER”, states John Slater at Resource to Rain Workshop



John slater quote about climate change


Convening for Action in the Okanagan

Held in Kelowna in October 2010, the ‘From Rain to Resource: Managing Stormwater in a Changing Climate Workshop’ was co-hosted by the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) and the BC Water and Waste Association. Click on Final Program for topic and speaker details.

MLA John Slater, Parliamentary Secretary for Water Supply and Allocation in the provincial government, spoke to this theme: Integrating Rainwater Management: Tools and Policies.

A former Chair of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, John Slater’s responsibilities include Living Water Smart, British Columbia’s Water Plan and Water Act Modernization.


Link to YouTube Video

To view what John Slater had to say, click on context for ‘designing with nature’ to access the video clip posted on YouTube.

“Mitigation and adaptation are both necessary and complementary strategies to cope with the climate change challenge. If mitigation is about CARBON, then adaptation is about WATER.”

“Designing with nature captures the essence of climate change adaptation. Adaptation is about responding to the changes that will inevitably occur. Adaptation is at the community level and is therefore about collaboration. Rainwater management is at the heart of designing with nature.”


To Learn More:

“To help tell the stories of local governments that are convening for action to change the Mike tanner(120p)way they develop land and use water, we established a From Rain to Resource ‘homepage’. We then posted a series of stories on Water Bucket during the August through October period. These preview stories foreshadowed what to expect at the workshop,” states Mike Tanner, Chair of the Water Bucket Website Partnership. The Water Bucket stories serve as an online resource. To access them, click here.

Posted November 2010