Game-Changing Policies Will Help Us Be Resilient to Climate Change

Seattle Times Op-Ed By Mike Stevens, State Director

The following is an excerpt from an Op-Ed that ran in The Seattle Times on Aug. 7:

Our news is filled with images of people fighting to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities from natural disasters. Our hearts go out to first responders, families and communities experiencing fear and destruction from devastating hurricanes to catastrophic wildfires. Close to home, The Nature Conservancy team in Cle Elum and Rosyln is working with firefighters, local partners and neighbors to protect land and communities against the Jolly Mountain fire, even as they face the likelihood of evacuation from their homes.

The Jolly Mountain Fire in Kittitas County. Ptoto © TNC

Mike Stevens

We can’t control the weather, and we can’t know exactly what role climate change plays in smokey skies, catastrophic fires and devastating hurricanes. But in the face of climate change and other disruptions impacting people, cultures, communities, businesses, rivers, coastal waters, forests, the urban environment, our food supply and more, we can work together to build resilience, and a safer and better future.
The unusual conditions we are now living with are a call to action and leadership.

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