Florida is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. But there are solutions. Will you make a secure, online gift to help protect Florida’s future?
Climate change may be a global challenge, but its impacts and many of its solutions are often realized at the local level. With more than 75% of Florida’s population living in the coastal zone, the state is already challenged with coastal and inland flooding that strains communities, businesses, infrastructure and our natural resources. Based on current sea level rise projections, some $15 billion to $23 billion in existing property will be underwater by 2050. Ocean acidification, caused when the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide, and warming sea temperatures are jeopardizing our coastal assets—from coral and oyster reefs to fisheries. And, while rising oceans tend to get the most media attention, increasingly warm temperatures in Florida will not only impact Florida’s labor productivity, but will increase our energy bills. By 2050, the state energy demand is projected to increase by 20% due to excessively hot days—at a cost of nearly $4 billion per year.
These challenges demand a response. Acting on climate is no longer just about defending against loss, it’s about scoring great gains in our economy and in our community. U.S. leadership is crucial, and The Nature Conservancy has been working in all 50 states to come up with practical solutions for a prosperous and cleaner future. Advancing a clean energy economy in Florida will significantly reduce emissions, given Florida is now the 3rd most populous state in the country and hence a top emitter as well. Fortunately, the state is poised for leadership given our incredible solar resource, and bipartisan momentum is gaining in support of pragmatic clean energy policies, like the recent success of Amendment 4, to reduce financial barriers for renewable energy growth in the state.
It may feel like climate action in the U.S. is stuck in neutral, but it is moving forward at the state level. If national goals hold up, a decade from now, the country will be producing 28 percent fewer greenhouses gasses than it did in 2005—securing a future where nature and people can continue to thrive together.
Global climate change fundamentally threatens the lands and waters that the Conservancy has spent decades to protect. Ranging from sea level rise, to extreme heat, to increasingly severe storm events. Discover what we’re doing in Florida and across the globe.