NEWS RELEASE: New Paper Showcases Best Practices for Protecting, Empowering Vulnerable Gulf Coast Communities in the Face of Climate Change
Most Americans understand the importance of curbing greenhouse gas emissions to prevent a climate catastrophe in the future. But many communities are already feeling the effects of our warming planet. Impacts on the Gulf Coast are particularly challenging. In a new paper released today, the Center for Progressive Reform (CPR) highlights recommendations and best practices for protecting and empowering vulnerable communities as they adapt to climate change. The release comes ahead of an April 15 forum in New Orleans on risk reduction strategies for Louisiana coastal areas.
The paper, Climate Change, Resilience, and Fairness: How Nonstructural Adaptation Can Protect and Empower Socially Vulnerable Communities on the Gulf Coast, explains that many communities in the region are intimately tied to the area's environment and rich natural resources; local families depend on the land and sea for jobs in fishing, shrimping, and tourism. The effects of climate change, from rising sea levels to stronger, more damaging storms, can threaten the livelihoods of these communities, many of which are socially and economically marginalized.
"Working together, residents and political leaders can protect coastal populations' culture and their way of life," said Robert Verchick, President of the Center for Progressive Reform and a contributing author of the paper. "But we need action and leadership now. Residents need the best scientific information, ample resources, and ...