Written by RP Siegel, Triple Pundit contributor
Cross-posted on Triple Pundit. Read original post here.
The timing is significant. Just a few days after the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, when President Obama stood among the rubble and vowed to do something about climate change, he issued an Executive Order designed to encourage Americans to incorporate climate change awareness into their activities and plans.
In that order, he writes, unambiguously, “The impacts of climate change — including an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, more heavy downpours, an increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise — are already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the nation.”
…The order seems to have received a warm welcome from the environmental community.
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All, said, “One year ago this week when Superstorm Sandy hit New York and New Jersey, we learned how vulnerable we all are to the devastating potential of extreme weather caused by climate change. And today, we applaud President Obama for leading our nation in preparing our neighborhoods to survive the storms. The executive order acknowledges that while climate change threatens us all, it doesn’t do so equally. Social, economic, and infrastructural stability are important factors in determining how vulnerable a neighborhood is to floods, fires, and hurricanes. Superstorm Sandy confirmed what we learned from Hurricane Katrina more than eight years ago. Communities with the fewest resources have the hardest time preparing, escaping, surviving and recovering from extreme weather.”…