If you thought Joan was passionate about climate change, then you need to meet Steve Plante. This dynamic Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) professor, with degrees in both anthropology and geography, has been thinking “outside the box” about climate change for quite some time. Over the last 20 years, Plante has become an international expert in helping coastal communities build adaptive capacity and resilience in the face of extreme weather events.
In addition to his professorship at UQAR’s Department of Society, Land and Development, Dr. Plante is co-director of the Coastal Communities Challenges-University Research Alliance (CCC-CURA), an interdisciplinary and participatory research project funded by the federal government’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). It brings together 22 researchers and 11 partners from three provinces: Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Guided by the belief that the development of a communal knowledge base is the foundation to increasing resilience among coastal communities, CCC-CURA promotes integrated participatory governance approaches that are based upon active cooperation between citizens, local partners and researchers. To date, the alliance has designed a kit to guide communities in assessing their resilience and to better anticipate the effects of natural disasters. It’s about people, and CCC-CURA’s approach is very much bottom up, letting the people decide.
We visited Dr. Plante at his office and had a little help from Luc Tremblay, video journalist extraordinaire (and now weekend anchor at Radio Canada) who, by the way, has helped us on several recent shoots. Thanks Luc!
Postproduction is underway. We’re in the home stretch now! Stay tuned…