Riegel: A silver lining among the storm clouds of climate change

As has been well documented by now, the Trump administration released one of the most significant reports about climate change in recent memory on a day when few people were paying attention to anything important—the day after Thanksgiving.

Climate change will adversely affect every aspect of life and society—not just buildings and the natural environment, but infrastructure, health, mobility, and access to food and water.

Fortunately, there are those within the state and city who are working to help bring about those changes. Louisiana, in fact, is ahead of many states in resiliency and adaptation, not because it’s particularly progressive but because it has no other choice.

“We are on the frontier of resilience because we have to be,” says the Center for Planning Excellence CEO Camille Manning Broome, a scientist by training who is establishing herself internationally as an expert on resiliency and adaptation.

Just 10 days before the national climate assessment came out, Broome delivered opening remarks at CPEX’s annual Smart Growth Summit that seemed prophetically timed to respond to the report’s conclusions and warnings.

“We need to create big, transformative changes during our own lifetimes to ensure that future generations can thrive, Broome said. “This is not just about coastal communities.  It is about all systems, governments and communities at every scale.”

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