Thirsty for Answers

NRDC: Thirsty for Answers: Preparing for the Water-related Impacts of Climate Change in American Cities

Heard about this during an episode on the Diane Rehm Show on adaptation to climate change.

One thing that impresses (and alarms) me is that there is a growing movement toward talking about how we’re going to cope with inevitable changes.  This was actually a major component of discussion in meetings to build a local Climate Action Compact for the Monterey Bay area.  Consensus is growing that we’re experiencing climate disruption now, and that there are worse impacts coming soon that we can’t avoid.

The phrase going around is to “manage the unavoidable and avoid the unmanageable.” Things are gonna change.  How much and how bad is still, somewhat, up to us.

More importantly, change isn’t always all bad.  Another thing that’s up to us is finding ways to use this crisis as an opportunity to make our lives, our communities, our world even better for people.  There’s no guarantee we can do it, and the longer we wait, the harder it will get.

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