Governors of Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas DECLARE CLIMATE CHANGE A MAJOR DISASTER, NOW
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In just about one month Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria have devastated your governorships and the disastrous effects of these monstrous storms could be aggravated by more hurricanes that could still come during this hurricane season that does not end until November 30th.
The “Inconvenient Truth” is that Climate Change (or more appropriately, Climate Crisis) is the power behind extreme weather such as this. As it was predicted by scientists, high water temperatures (80-90º F) and high humidity in the troposphere are the perfect recipe for the formation of “unprecedented” hurricanes.
Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico have become the current “Ground Zero” for Climate Change in the Western Hemisphere. The world is watching the destruction from these hurricanes and how these large populated areas are going to recover from such blows.
Your States have also clearly shown how the absence of adaptation work commensurate with the challenges from the Climate Crisis, have magnified the effects of the hurricanes.
These catastrophic hurricanes are equivalent to the Pearl Harbor attack that fully engaged the U.S.A. in World War II. A response of similar or greater magnitude is needed in your States to give your populations the best chance to survive and thrive.
If Governors Greg Abbot, Rick Scott and Ricardo Rosello make official Climate Change Major Disaster Declarations for their territories, all State (and Commonwealth) resources will be available for Climate Restoration Actions and for Climate Adaptation, and they will be able to request large contributions from the Federal Government, as allowed by the Stafford Act.
There is no time to keep on wondering if Climate Change is real. How real do we want it to be? You are having a first-hand experience of what the new Climate can do. Do you expect that the conditions created by Climate Change are going to go away? Unfortunately, they will not, but what we do know is that if we keep ignoring Climate Change, the PROBLEM will deepen and we will be unprepared for the next round of Climate-related disasters,
In the Climate Change Action movement there is a humorous (kind of) saying: “If you think that Climate Change Action is expensive try Inaction”.
Besides the irreversible cost in human lives and environmental destruction, the monetary recovery cost of just 3 hurricanes is estimated at $300 to $400 billion for Harvey and Irma and up to $100 billion for Maria. Where is that money going to come from?
Climate Restoration and Adaptation work to minimize catastrophes to come, must become the transformative goal of our societies and economies.
Please turn the catastrophes from Harvey, Irma and Maria into an opportunity to protect life, environment and infrastructure from Climate Change in your States and inspire other States and Countries to wake up to the inevitable massive changes humans need to make to have a chance of a livable future.
Please DECLARE CLIMATE CHANGE A MAJOR DISASTER NOW.
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