Dawn Shirreffs, the Florida Director of the Environmental Defense Fund, shares the profound climate changes happening right now in Florida.
Unlike other states in different regions, Florida has its own very real and lasting effects due to climate change. With powerful hurricanes and low-lying land, Florida is experiencing an increase in flooding and structural damage to the area.
Shirreffs explains specific needs for the community. More than just science-based reasoning, EDF works with scientists, policymakers, economists, and community representatives to make sure all communities are taken care of.
Florida’s economy will feel the impact too. Shirreffs's data suggests that in the next 20 years, Florida will see a 5-8% increase in electricity usage, rising homeowners insurance costs, and decreasing property values because of climate change.
Shirreffs shares what we can do to have a positive impact on climate change.
Lastly, the two discuss what people can do on an individual level. Shirreffs suggests making smart choices about energy and vehicle purchases and turning down the thermostat. The next step would be connecting with a local organization or contacting your local government representatives to be a part of the solution.