Discuss climate risks in your business continuity plan
If your office avoids talking about climate change because it seems irrelevant to the business or it’s perceived as too political, try using business continuity (BC) planning or disaster recovery (DR) planning to introduce the topic. You can help your workplace see the connection between climate and business. The planning projects are also an opportunity to seek out other workers who are concerned about climate, since you will have to talk to people in multiple departments.
The next time you work on business continuity or disaster recovery, make sure to:
- Research climate risks for your location(s). States at Risk is a good place to start.
- Learn how to prepare for climate hazards. Ready.gov has Hazard Information Sheets and other materials.
- Estimate the costs of extreme weather over time.
- Include this information when you talk to stakeholders, and when you create and share the plan.
- Find others who are concerned about climate.
Have you tried this before? Let us know how it went or if you have other suggestions in the comments.