Climate Change, Disasters, and Recovery: Introduction to Community Planning for Resilience

III. August 7–11, 2023
Day & Time:
Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Abigail Meola, Laudan Ghayebi

Course Description

The impacts of climate change in the form of more frequent and severe disasters around the world have finally begun to take the spotlight, and we are being forced to think critically about how we prepare ourselves and our communities for more sustainable futures. Everyone has a role to play in mitigating the impacts of climate change. This workshop is designed to introduce students to the avenues by which they can make an impact in combating the climate crisis, both personally in their communities and professionally in the future.

We take a system approach in evaluating climate change, past disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic, and preparedness for future events. Students work in groups to create preparedness plans for live case studies to be presented virtually to Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness. They also participate in an exercise in which they adopt stakeholder profiles of their choosing in a simulation of disaster response and recovery.


Abigail Meola

Abby Meola holds a Master's degree in climate adaptation from Columbia University. Throughout her time in the climate space, she has worked to expand access to climate change education, working with groups like the Kenya Red Cross, Climate Central, and Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. She previously taught in the Climate and Society program at Columbia. Now, she works building curricula at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, focusing on themes of disaster recovery, climate literacy, and equity.

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