Welcome to Resilience 2:1

We are a volunteer
multi-disciplinary group
of educators, researchers
and professionals focused
on the issue of resilience
for Canada during
a changing climate.

Resilience is the ability to withstand shocks and move on to live well. With climate change, many now approach diverse sectors of the economy and especially urban and community planning through the lens of resilience. Resilience 2:1 is based on a measure of biocapacity to ecofootprint as tracked for the past 30 years by the Global Footprint Network at footprintnetwork.org. There they have data that includes national ecofootprints and resource availability. Canada, has a biocapacity to ecofootprint ratio of roughly 2:1. This is both good news and bad news. The good news is that Canada, due to a low population and large landmass has not overshot its resource base. The bad news is that we used to be much better. The ratio has been declining, especially in the last 30 years.

Resilience demands both mitigation and adaptation to the changes caused by climate disruption. Biocapacity is an essential tool to both mitigate climate change through carbon storage and to enable adaptation through healthier ecosystems.

Trees and soil absorb carbon dioxide. Reforestation and the addition of new trees, also enables habitat that promotes biodiversity and healthier ecosystems. A diverse ecosystem has a better chance of surviving climate change and continuing on in a healthy way. Resilience is a broad term that alludes to a social, economic, political, and ecosystem being healthy enough to cope with shocks, natural disasters, and catastrophes and rebound to provide the quality of life required there. Resilience 2:1 reminds us that biocapacity is key to overall resilience.

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