Built To Last
The latest draft of the National Climate Assessment report warns that "Climate change threatens human health and well-being in many ways, including impacts from increased extreme weather events, wildfire, decreased air quality, diseases transmitted by insects, food and water.”
All that being said, it’s refreshing to see large groups of people taking action. Instead of dwelling in the spin-laded zone of the diagnosis stage, many urban leaders are now turning their eyes toward a treatment stage. In other words, how can we adapt and deal with the many issues associated with climate change?
In President Barack Obama’s address on climate change, hemade a point about this very topic of helping American cities prepare for the effects of climate change, saying, “This plan will also protect critical sectors of our economy and prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change that we cannot avoid. States and cities across the country are already taking it upon themselves to get ready. Miami Beach is hardening its water supply against seeping saltwater…New York City is fortifying its 520 miles of coastline as an insurance policy against more frequent and costly storms.”
As Eric Justian wrote in a recent article on Environmental News Network, “One thing you can count on, mayors and city leaders are far more pragmatic than their national counterparts because they’re living in the community every day and know that something’s up. They know there are real changes that need real solutions. And they need to act now.”
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