Climate Change: Preparing for the Unavoidable
Progress is great. We have so many conveniences today that we didn’t have just a decade or two ago. It’s crazy to think some kids don’t even know what a land-line is or understand the frustrations of that dial-up sound. Not to mention, kids won’t know what it was like to only have one TV in the home or the excitement when the first home computer rolled out. But all this progress has come with a very high cost.
Anti-climate change scientists have been spouting for years that climate change is not real. However, with the changes in weather over the last few years, for example the freezing temperatures and near record snow fall in the east right now, it is hard to deny that a change has occurred. So now that more and more people are accepting that there is, in fact, a climate change, there is more mainstream acceptance of climate change preparedness.
You may be asking, why should I bother with preparing? Well, the answer is simple. Being prepared to handle climate change and unexpected or extreme weather, saves you money. It also helps those that your utility or municipality service save money. And when it comes down to it, we all want to save a buck wherever we can.
The first step is to become more energy efficient. This can be changes in your assets or by upgrading systems. Don’t know what to change? Ask the experts! The initial cost may be high to do this, but in the long run, being energy efficient will save you money.
Making these changes doesn’t only help you save money, which is passed on to savings to those you serve, but it also helps the environment. For example, cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions helps combat the driving forces that have brought about climate change in the first place.
Preparing can help you avoid fluctuating energy prices which also helps the community. The more money those you serve save, the more money they have to put back in the community. This helps drive the economy as a whole in your community. The truth is: there are a lot of impact from climate change that are unavoidable. By being prepared, you help to make your community more resilient.
Your utility or municipality has the ability to be a front runner in your community. Pave the way for change in your area. Be a leader. And the rest of the local businesses will hopefully follow your example. In the end, you’ll be helping yourself, your community, and of course, helping the environment.
|Visual provided by the Georgetown Climate Center. Data: EIA, 2014.|
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