It’s time to fund resilience measures in every community by 2025
The impacts of climate change are hitting harder and faster than expected, posing grave threats to human health and well-being. Children, the elderly, and people living in low-income communities are disproportionately affected.
One of The Climate Center’s top priorities in addition to Community Energy Resilience is establishing Community Energy Resilience Hubs, prioritizing lower-income communities.
California legislation should allocate the needed funding and support to California’s counties and cities to develop and implement climate emergency response and preparedness measures (e.g., as part of their General Plan requirements) no later than 2022.
Priority focus should initially be on the most vulnerable, low-income communities. All California jurisdictions should be implementing resiliency efforts by 2025 including implementing climate-smart ecosystem management, early warning systems, evacuation centers, and comprehensive public education.