March was a busy month for multisolving, with our work showing up in multiple op-eds written by Multisolving Institute Director, Dr. Elizabeth Sawin, as well as an interview conducted by Matt Simon of Wired. Explore below for more information.
Op-ed: We must adapt to climate change. Can we do it in ways that solve other problems too?
The need to adapt to the climate change we can’t prevent can feel like one more emergency,” writes Dr. Sawin in a new op-ed published by the Daily Climate, “one more drain on already-scarce resources. And to some extent this is true. Climate change adaptation will take hard work and real spending.”
“But with creativity and cooperation,” Sawin continues, “some of that adaptation effort can provide other benefits at the same time. That’s an approach called “multisolving,” and many climate change adaptation strategies are multisolving superstars.”
Op-ed: Six ways states could help cities and towns implement climate solutions
In a new op-ed for American City and County, Dr. Sawin outlines six strategies states can employ to uplift multisolving in local communities. “Cities, towns and regions are creating jobs, improving health and making communities more livable. Many of them are doing so as part of their strategy to address climate change. This is an approach called “multisolving,” and examples of it are becoming more common,” she writes.
However, “[d]espite its promise, cities, regions and utilities face obstacles in tapping the power of multisolving. Fortunately, state governments can help.”
Interview: Cities are unlikely yet powerful weapons to fight climate change
Dr. Sawin is quoted in this piece from Wired reporter Matt Simon which looks at the implications of the recent IPCC report for cities and equity.
Op-ed: "Climate paralysis? Try multisolving" in Resilience Matters: Opportunities for Action to Strengthen Communities
Originally published in Nation of Change, this article by Dr.Sawin is included in a new e-book, Resilience Matters: Opportunities for Action to Strengthen Communities as part of the Island Press Urban Resilience Project.
“There’s an approach called “multisolving” that can move us from paralysis to action” Dr. Sawin writes. “Here’s the gist: because climate change is connected to so many other crises, climate action can have benefits for health, prosperity, and equity. Understanding this, we can build new alliances for positive action.”