It’s time to factor #ClimateChange into rebuilding vs. relocation plans.
Hurricane Ida wrought yet another New Orleans disaster yesterday. Watching the storm’s twisting might slam the Gulf Coast on television and social media, it was impossible not to recall the suffering in the city and surrounding areas in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Or the post-catastrophe decisions made.
Even as we fight to end fossil fuels and stop CO2 emissions, we need to rethink normal and focus on adaptation and resilience. Unfortunately, adapting to the new reality of a hotter planet is not always going to be fair or even reasonable by old definitions, but it’s where we are.
My heart goes out again to all the people of New Orleans and surrounding areas who have been and will continue to be impacted by Hurricane Ida. Unfortunately, more cities and more people will be hit like this again and again as global warming intensifies hurricanes, tsunamis and other storms.
As for relocation and reconstruction questions and making decisions for communities around the world that sit at elevations close to sea level…
Wait long enough and the rising oceans will turn them into survival necessities. The questions and decision-making will be moot; the suffering will not.
Featured image by Brandon Bell/Getty Images via NPR –
“Marlon Maldonado helps his wife and child into a boat on Aug. 31 in Barataria, La., to travel to their home after it flooded during Hurricane Ida.” Barataria is 35 miles south of New Orleans.