All our efforts directly and indirectly are intended to address the most serious issue Miami-Dade and all South Florida, along with coastal regions around the world face: Climate Change & Sea Level Rise. The science is indisputable – the sea is rising and will continue to over the coming decades. Within 30 years we will very likely experience sea level rise of a foot or more and by the end of the century a rise of five feet or more is predicted. This would drastically change South Florida and would likely displace millions of people, impact water supplies and have a potentially serious impact on business and our economy. This impact will obviously not be limited to our region but will be global in scope and scale.
We need to act on multiple fronts now to slow and limit any future sea level rise.
- We must increase our efforts to educate and convince our leaders in all sectors that this issue is real, it is imminent, it is extremely serious, and it presents us with an opportunity to engage in a unique and unified manner to protect our community for future generations. We can only do this through collaboration between business leaders, government, the not-for-profit sector and academia.
- We must protect and invest in our built infrastructure, both existing and future.
- We must undertake all viable ways to contribute to global efforts to reduce our carbon footprint.
- We must aggressively and unhesitatingly promote all efforts to prevent salt water intrusion and to protect our fresh water supply and support the restoration of our Biscayne Bay ecosystem.
- We must continue to be responsible stewards of the precious environmental resources that literally surround, and in fact, protect us.