The Climate Conversation Continues

Earlier this week, President Obama continued reinvigorating the debate on climate change during his State of the Union:

“But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change… We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.”

Thank you, Mr. President for reminding our lawmakers and fellow citizens that science doesn’t lie and we must act now – preparing our communities for the impacts of climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that will only continue to fuel the fire.

However, we need more than just a reminder. We need action. While President Obama endorsed a bipartisan, market-based solution like cap-and-trade, this is unfortunately not enough. Congress and the Administration need to also focus on protecting communities from the impacts of climate change that we are already experiencing.

Implementing adaptive solutions like green infrastructure and water efficiency measures will help to protect clean water supplies. Restoring our natural defenses like floodplains and wetlands will help to protect coastal communities from coastal storm surges. Preparing communities for these wide-ranging impacts is the most important task at hand.

It’s wonderful that President Obama is bringing the critical problem of climate change to the forefront of the political debate in Washington.  But now we need the Obama Administration, working with Congress, to not only pass a bipartisan solution to climate change, but also to protect and prepare our communities for the impacts of climate change.