The threat of climate change is a reality that we all need to plan for.
Although there have been many meetings about climate change across the world, year-on-year progress to address its challenges has been slow. It seems unlikely that we will be able to prevent a rise in the global average temperature to below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, which was the aim agreed by world leaders as part of the Paris Agreement in 2015.
This means that, firstly, the world will not be affected equally: what does the global rise of mean annual temperature look like where you are? Secondly, we will need to bounce back from the impacts our organizations experience over the next several years.
The process of anticipating the future and developing strategies to minimize the effects of shocks and stresses of future events is called future-proofing. It is a process because it is not a one-off course of action; it will be ongoing. When our organization is vulnerable, we need to adapt, become resilient, and future-proof it.