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In episode 54 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Dr. Chad Nelsen, the CEO of the world famous Surfrider Foundation! Chad discusses the work of Surfrider Foundation and how it’s ramping up its climate change adaptation work. Doug and Chad discuss the implications of sea level rise on coastlines and even its impact on the sport of surfing. Chad also shares what Surfrider chapters are doing to address the huge challenge of climate change.

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In this Episode:

WHAT IS SURFRIDER – Chad discusses the history of Surfrider Foundation, how it started as a group of concerned citizens, to becoming a worldwide leader in coastal conservation. Chad shares some of their high profile victories, e.g., plastic bag ban.

ADAPTATION ALIGNMENT – Doug and Chad discuss the challenges of institutionalizing adaptation planning into an existing organization. Chad shares how Surfrider is approaching this issue and how members can play a role in this process.

A SEA LEVEL RISE WIN – Doug and Chad discuss the challenges sea level rise poses to coastal habitats and the difficulty for organizations to define what a policy ‘victory’ is in relation to sea level rise.

SURFING AND ADAPTING – Chad shares some research on how sea level rise will impact favorite surf spots and his recommendations for the best books on surfing.

MITIGATION IS NOT ADAPTATION – Chad and Doug discuss the problem of conservation groups focusing on carbon mitigation when their core mission more closely aligns with adaptation.  These groups are grappling with what their climate identity should be.

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http://www.surfrider.org/our-team/staff/chad-nelsen
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Surfing Book “Barbarian Days.”
https://www.amazon.com/Barbarian-Days-Surfing-William-Finnegan/dp/0143109391

American Society of Adaptation Professionals
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