City of Miami Defunding the Office of Resilience

City of Miami Defunding the Office of Resilience

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  In September 2019, the City of Miami declared a climate emergency. The declaration states that we are facing a “climate and ecological emergency that threatens our city, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity, and the natural world”. It continues stating that “The City of Miami commits to a Miami-wide mobilization effort to reverse global warming and the ecological crisis, which, with appropriate financial and regulatory assistance from State and Federal authorities. The City of Miami -  must end wide greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible and no later than the year 2030. The city must also provide maximum protection for all people and species of the world.” 

While the City of Miami “promised” to protect us, the recently proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year opposes this statement by defunding the Office of Resiliency and Sustainability and instead proposing the merge of the department with the existing Office of Public Works. This union would mean that the money previously dedicated solely to the climate crisis would be spread among projects filed under Public Works, including the construction and maintenance of our roadways, canals, and sidewalks. The climate crisis is an urgent issue that merits its own department with its own budget and chief. Without adequate funding, Miami is unable to reach sustainability targets. Funds towards the resilience and sustainability department are necessary to implement projects that delay the effects of climate change in Miami.

If the City of Miami does not commit to the Office of Resilience or the Climate Emergency Declaration, our city will continue as a place where rising sea levels threaten its future existence. Sea level rise and flooding provokes contaminated water issues and compromised sewage systems along with the displacement of thousands of Miami residents. Currently, 98% of properties in Downtown Miami and 76% of properties in Coral Gables face high risks of flooding. These numbers will only continue to increase if no action is taken by officials in office.

Defunding the Office of Resiliency and Sustainability will have enormous social and economic repercussions. Low income communities will face greater challenges from food security as saline intrusion disrupts agriculture and availability of safe, reliable drinking water.

As a result, our city will eventually become uninhabitable unless billions of dollars are invested to make up for all the damage that could have been prevented.  It is clear that Mayor Suarez and the City of Miami are not taking action to protect our future. We demand the City of Miami reinstate and fund the Office of Resiliency and Sustainability. To protect the City of Miami, we must also obey and take action upon the Climate Declaration such as, reaching net zero emissions, and educating the community about the climate crisis. 

As humans, we deserve a livable future. We will not stand around while our city is damaged by sea level rise and extreme weather. The youth is depending on you Mayor Suarez! 

Sign the petition and demand funding and action on the climate crisis from the City of Miami.

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