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what does adaptation mean?

When we talk about climate change actions, they fall largely within two categories: Mitigation and Adaptation. While mitigation tackles the causes of climate change (i.e. reduction of GHGs by reducing fossil fuel use, preventing deforestation, etc.), adaptation works to minimize or adjust to the negative effects of climate change. This is important because much of the damage done to our environment is past the point of repair. Therefore, even if we took the necessary steps to mitigate climate change, we will inevitably feel some of the effects already set in motion. 
By learning to adapt and become resilient in the face of climate change, we can better prepare ourselves and our communities to adjust and live in our changing environments. These adaptation techniques can be large or small but each one is equally important to ensuring that we have the better quality of life heading into the future. Scroll down to the next section to take a look at some of these actions.
Research and plan a green roof for your school
Purchase or co-build rain barrel(s) at school
Make a grab and go emergency food and water kit
Look into xeriscaping at home
Research and plan a green roof for your home
Research Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Research Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Research into emergency preparedness
Look into low energy home cooling solutions 
Request an emergency preparedness workshop
Look into xeriscaping at school
Increase urban or food forests in your area