Climate change & Sea Level Rise are the greatest threat facing our generation, particularly in Miami-Dade County which is regarded as ground zero for its effects. League members have been at the forefront of this issue for decades and continue to push for policies and regulations to address the greatest threats to our environment at the local, state, and national level.
Other local league environmental priorities for 2016-2017 include:
- Monitor the activities relating to the EPA’s Consent Decree with Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department and support initiatives to include sea level rise as part of its implementation
- Support and take action on current positions, water resources management, Urban Development Boundary and managed land and development growth in the County
- Support the implementation of PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) in Miami-Dade County
- Support sustainability and resiliency issues, including a comprehensive statewide energy and water policy
- Support the recommendations of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact and 100 Resilient Cities Greater Miami and Beaches
Advocate for local climate-resilience planning, policy development and funding to equitably reflect the needs of all residents, and supporting the Resilient Miami network
Focused on Impact
Much of the advocacy work at the national level is focused on pushing for new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations to deal with carbon pollution. Forty percent of it comes from power plants, making them the largest single contributor of carbon pollution and a serious threat to the health of the planet and our children.
In the United States alone, one in 10 children need an inhaler to deal with respiratory issues and asthma, which are exacerbated by climate change, with low-income and communities of color the hardest hit.