So, what is resilience?
Well, it depends who you ask!
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines resilience as,
1: the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress
2: an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
The Founder of the Transition Towns network- a global effort to create more sustainable cities from the ground up, defines resilience as, “the ability of a system, from individual people to whole economies, to hold together and maintain their ability to function in the face of change and shocks from the outside” (link).
Building resilience in this framework requires addressing fossil fuel dependency through community participation in building alternatives. This could be anything from growing your own food, to creating stuff with your neighbors in a local Makerspace, to living in a co-housing community, or more direct political action like fighting for clean air and water.
The “Resilience” in “Utah Resilience Map” is up to US to define! How do you, your family, and your neighbors think we can build a better world or prepare for the impacts of climate change? Comment below!