Cities across the country and around the globe are recognizing their responsibility to prepare for a changing climate, and the District is no exception. In recent years, we have seen how climate change is already impacting us with record-breaking heat waves and snowstorms, flooding caused by rising sea levels and heavy rains, and the destructive 2012 derecho storm. These events are sobering reminders that without action, increasingly severe weather events will threaten to disrupt our power grid, harm our economy, and cost lives.
The challenge is to help DC to be resilient in the face of climate change. Solutions should focus on:
● Preparation for emerging and future impacts such as dangerous heat, extreme weather events, and increased flooding
● Seniors, low-income, and populations with access and/or functional needs
● Enabling grassroots/community-based creation and involvement including social capital and community building, neighborhood-led infrastructure, and communication methods and connectivity