Once again we face the unimaginable. The footage of the damage in Puerto Rico easily conjures comparisons to post-apocalyptic fantasy. Maria ravaged the island upending the lives of its children and leaving their mothers desperate to provide what so many of us take for granted- water, electricity and food.
The devastation escalates the urgency of our work. Without question, the wreckage left behind by Harvey, Irma and Maria are symptoms of our changing climate. Our call to push decision makers to a swift, complete, and just transition away from fossil fuels and toward clean and renewable energy is more vital than ever.
For the past four years, our ally, El Puente, has worked tirelessly to organize and raise awareness of the dangers of climate change on the island. Frances Lucerna and Luis Garden Acosta, El Puente’s founder and co-founder, shared their view in the wake of the hurricane:
“Now, more than ever, we must focus our collective voice to help mitigate these disasters in the future. We must continue to raise awareness on the need for constructive climate change policy. Our prayers are with all the families in dire need. With your support we can help bring some sense of relief, hope and resiliency to the people of Puerto Rico.”
Climate change impacts those who are most vulnerable; to sea level rise and flooding, and those on the front lines of fossil fuel infrastructure. Eventually, it will impact all of us in our locality. Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico each know the damage it can have on one community. Addressing climate policy community by community is the right way to combat this crisis.
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