Resilience is often conflated with climate change adaptation and infrastructure, but this oversimplification may be limiting our ability to overcome the complex challenges facing our global community. The failure of international efforts to surmount problems of environmental degradation, fossil fuel dependence, economic inequality, and persistent social injustice mean that resilience-building efforts at the community level are needed more than ever. But what does resilience actually mean, and how can it be done in a way that’s effective and equitable?  

New from the Post Carbon Institute, The Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval offers a new, practical vision for creating resilience in the 21st Century. In this contributed volume, leaders from a variety of fields including science, policy, community building, and urban design come together to show that building strength and resilience at the community level is not only crucial, but possible. Check out an excerpt from the book below.