Climate change is here and it’s high time Rhode Islanders open their eyes to the negative impact of rising sea levels, overflowing rivers and engorged waterways.
Recent flooding events – tasking local resources, inundating inadequate drainage infrastructure systems, submerging homes and businesses and causing a nightmarish awakening for residents are only the beginning of what is expected by experts to be a recurring theme.
Mother Nature is here to deliver the message that climate change is no longer a hypothetical to be debated, but a reality to be prepared for on a daily basis. There are no control mechanisms in place for her weather agenda and those without a plan in place may find themselves hard pressed for answers when she comes knocking at the door.
The politics of climate change no longer lie with the cause, but with the plan. It is an imperative. Preparation and planning is required. It’s mandatory.
Climate change has come to Rhode Island wielding torrents of water in areas previously unaffected. Climate change is real and Rhode Island is seeing its effects not only on its eroding shores, but in rural communities and metropolitan areas untouched by the sea.
Mother Nature’s most recent Labor Day lesson displaced more than 75 residents and 29 families during a flash flood, delivering more than 2 inches of rain in less than an hour, while sending torrents of water and raw sewage into an apartment complex previously untouched by such weather events. Flood plains are being returned to nature with homes being demolished and residents being told to take the money and move to higher ground.
Mother Nature has arrived for a prolonged visit and along for the stay, her companion, Climate Change.