Ultimately, our climate makes us (shaping our livelihoods and institutions). It can also break us. When Nature's tempers flare, disaster sweeps the city: Hearts are broken, livelihoods are shattered (institutions could be driven in disarray), and chaos looms everywhere...
But pause a minute...to appreciate the story of Greensburg:
Will we ever even have a town, a city, again? They thought. In Greensburg, just days after the storm, community leaders and members came together and decided that their town was worth rebuilding. And they had some novel ideas about how to do it. Maybe, they said, we can rebuild to use the wind that almost destroyed us to generate electricity. Rebuild to consume less energy and water and more local food. Rebuild to give their children the best and greenest schools.These green messages resonated with local and state leaders alike, and excitement began to mount about rebuilding Greensburg to truly embody its name. One by one, the townspeople embraced the green initiative. Rebuilding as a model green community became the cornerstone of the town’s new master plan and the economic development vision of the townspeople.Today, Greensburg is Better, Stronger, Greener!
- Cleaner energy sources: If the disaster affected your local utility, it might be the perfect time to change the electricity mix to incorporate more renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Using energy produced from renewable sources softens our impact on the planet.
- Let’s say you’re not using alternative renewable sources of energy. Simply reducing the amount of energy you use is the easiest and most cost-effective way to become more sustainable.
- Winning community support for green recovery plans is vital. Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together. To achieve this, it is important to pay deliberate attention to education and communication. Meanwhile, a clear and compelling vision excites and energizes the stakeholders and makes them believe that all things are possible.
- Response: Immediate action, in which core emergency services and first responders—firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical technicians—mobilize in the disaster area. Specialist rescue teams (e.g., divers) may be called in. Response focuses on rescuing people, pets, and livestock; treating injuries; dealing with any loss of life; setting up emergency shelters; restoring electricity and natural gas services; supplying clean water; and clearing streets and neighborhoods of dangerous debris.
- Recovery: Ongoing action with the goal of restoring the area to its pre-disaster state or better. Recovery involves rebuilding destroyed property, putting residents back to work or creating new jobs, repairing essential infrastructure, bringing all community services back online, and attracting new industries.
In conclusion, emerge from rubble ruins to win... Give a little back to Mother Nature by going green, and maybe, she’ll go a little easier on us.
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