Tomorrow my territory 17 Adapting to climate change

Climate change

November 2019

Agence pour l’Environnement et la Maîtrise de l’Energie (ADEME)

The 20 factsheets in the collection « demain MON TERRITOIRE » have been designed to give candidates and elected officials practical keys to take action, to open up the field of possibilities based on the experiences of other elected officials, from small towns to conurbations, large urban areas or sparsely populated areas. In the four corners of France, both in metropolitan France and in the French Overseas Territories, many of them are taking action, together with the players in their territories, to prepare for the future by taking action to mitigate climate change and adapt to its effects. With its knowledge and presence throughout the country, ADEME supports them with its tools, activities and financial aid.

Why is it important to prepare for the consequences of climate change?

The climate is changing, and it is now a certainty that climate conditions will change profoundly in the 21st century as a result of accelerating global warming. The living conditions of the French will be disrupted, with significant impacts on the environment, natural and agricultural resources, economic activities and health. Heat waves, storms, floods, water shortages, forest fires, retreating coastlines… everyone can already measure the effects. Now it’s time for communities to get organized. And to think about long-term development projects, investments and activities. Reacting to climate change is not only about protecting its inhabitants, it is also about continuing the fight against greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate future climate change as much as possible, for the good of all.

How do you do it?