For the people of Paradise, California, or Mexico Beach, Florida, or Ellicott City, Maryland, it’s already too late. Paradise — a small mountain town in the Sierra Nevada — was devastated by the Camp Fire of 2018. The town burned down within hours, and 84 members of the community ultimately lost their lives. The storm surge from 2018’s Hurricane Michael swept away block after block in Mexico Beach on the rural panhandle of Florida. And Ellicott City, a colonial town founded in 1772 in Maryland, faced two devastating “1,000 year” floods in the span of three years, decimating its historic downtown.
Bridging the climate divide will allow us to roll up our sleeves and begin to implement comprehensive climate solutions much more quickly and efficiently. Instead of bickering, our leaders will bring their communities and followers along in support of the solutions. And, by joining together, we can leave our children and our grandchildren a healthier, safer future.