Simple Steps to Climate Resilience
With average global temperature climbing at record rates and scientists speculating that average US temperatures could be 3 to 9 degrees higher by the end of the century, climate resilience has become a concern for researchers, planners, academics, and authorities.
Although large-scale coordinated efforts to diminish the warming trajectory will take time, investment, and leadership, there are several low-tech initiatives that individuals and groups can implement in their own communities to prepare for rising temperatures, notes Benfield.
His list includes:
- Bringing more vegetation into neighborhoods
- Planting city-scaled community gardens
- Using drought-resistant landscaping
- Using light-colored roofing and pavement
- Getting serious about sea level rise and storm surges
- Saving older buildings
- When building new, following "original green" practices
- Keeping the regional footprint small and well-connected
- Updating zoning and building codes to facilitate resilience