Hurricanes. Sea level rise. Unbearable heat. Floridians are already living the effects of climate change every day. As a result, 72% of Floridians believe in climate change, and 3 out of 5, 60% believe the President and Congress should do more about it.
Instead, thanks to Donald Trump and his allies, we’re going backward — denying the reality of the climate crisis, ignoring experts, and putting Floridians on the front lines of catastrophe.
The facts are clear: Donald Trump has failed to act on climate change. His inaction puts the health, safety, and livelihoods of Floridians at risk. And with every day, the costs become less and less possible to ignore.
Families across the state have been devastated by the supercharged hurricanes, like Michael and Irma, that are being caused by warmer temperatures in the Atlantic.
Today, Miami floods even on sunny days as its shores grow closer and closer to the rising sea.
Already, toxic algae and diminishing coral reefs are having an impact on the tourism industry.
And across the state, communities of color bear an enormous burden from pollution — sickening Black children with asthma and causing “black snow” along the shores of Lake Okeechobee.
This is a moment that requires bold action on climate change. If we fail to rise to it, the consequences — especially for Floridians — will be devastating.
It’s time to take action.
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Stronger hurricanes. Sea level rise. Lost jobs, lost homes, and more pollution — the costs of which are disproportionately borne by communities of color. The dangers of Donald Trump’s war on science grow every single day:
- True: Floridians are no stranger to hurricanes. But climate change is taking a bad problem and making it worse. According to one analysis, rising sea temperatures have already increased the likelihood of a hurricane becoming a major one (Category 3 or worse) by 8% — what will the future look like?
- Today, coastal flooding is common in Miami even on sunny days. Worse, it’s not just a problem in Miami, and it’s not getting better: By 2100, more than 1 million homes in Florida will face flooding.
Floridians Want Bold Climate Action
68% of Floridians believe in climate change.
61% of Floridians believe the president should do more to address climate change.
59% believe their local officials should do more.
- The economic costs are already high — and one day, they may be staggering. By one estimate, climate change will cost Florida $100.9 billion annually by the year 2100. To give just one example, analysis shows that Florida stands to lose more homes and real estate value to sea level rise damage than any other state in the country.
- Communities of color bear an enormous, disproportionate burden of the problem. Already, low-income neighborhoods in Miami are experiencing “climate gentrification” — as people who have the wealth to prepare for climate change are displacing people of color from high-elevation areas. And in largely Black towns dotting the shores of Lake Okeechobee, residents face “black snow” every October as sugar fields are burned before harvest.
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