As Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts continue across our region, our thoughts and concerns remain with those who have suffered devastating losses.
Much of the post-Sandy conversation has focused on the “new normal"; we know that we will be facing fiercer and more frequent storms, flooding, and other extreme weather events. Many are asking what we should do now to protect ourselves in the future. There is no silver bullet. But there are bold actions that we should take to reduce the risks to lives and property. These include focusing on smart solutions that use the strength of nature to our advantage, and reducing the manmade carbon pollution that is driving the warming of our planet.
In New York, your support enables the Conservancy to provide science, on-the-ground knowledge and conservation tools to help with recovery and show how the right investments in nature can reduce the impacts of future storms. For example, we are:
As Governor Cuomo has stated, we need to re-build smarter, especially in risk-prone areas like along our coasts. Wetlands can slow waves, slow erosion and reduce storm surges; forests buffer winds and green roofs absorb rain. These natural defenses are often more flexible, more cost-effective, and more sustainable over the long-term than built solutions like surge barriers at the mouth of the NYC Harbor. And they provide innumerable benefits to both people and wildlife.
You can help us continue our work to create natural infrastructure in New York, when you make an online gift.
We must rely on an array of solutions, both "built" and "natural," if we are to succeed in this new normal. Not only will we make ourselves safer from the impacts of our changing climate, we will have a better quality of life.
Bill Ulfelder, Executive Director
December 18, 2012