Climate change is real, despite what some Republican politicians might tell you. And some regions and communities in the U.S. are already feeling the impacts of climate change. Unfortunately, climate change most impacts low-income communities. As the International Institute for Environment and Development, put it, “Those who are most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change are generally the poorest people and communities in every country.”
The Obama administration recently announced actions to make vulnerable communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The actions include over $25 million in private and public investments. Part of Obama’s Climate Action Plan established the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience in 2013. The purpose of the task force is to help the federal government figure out how to respond to the needs of the communities already dealing with climate change impacts.
The task force emphasized the importance of supporting vulnerable communities like low-income, tribal and communities of color. Obama administration released a progress report this month highlighting the actions taken that support the task force’s recommendations.
Here is a highlight of the actions:
Indeed, Congress should step up and designate a National Resilience Fund, but that has a snow ball's chance in hell of happening with the Republicans in control of both congressional houses. Back in January, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said that while she believes the climate is changing, she does not “agree that all the changes are necessarily due solely to human activity.”
Perhaps it is time for the American people to take climate change so seriously that they vote into office congressional members who not only believe it is occurring, but will do something to prepare our communities to deal with its impacts.
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Gina-Marie is a freelance writer and journalist armed with a degree in journalism, and a passion for social justice, including the environment and sustainability. She writes for various websites, and has made the 75+ Environmentalists to Follow list by Mashable.com.