Storms, floods, fires, and all the impacts of climate change are already being felt across our nation and around the globe. As usual, poor and marginalized communities disproportionately live on the most vulnerable lands and get hit first and hardest by the damage. These storms’ damage is costing North Carolinians three times as much annually as those 40 years ago.
In the United States, small towns often have less financial redundancy and are less able to recover from climate-linked disasters. One such town in impoverished Robeson County, North Carolina, has become a poster child for communities facing the financial inability to recover and rebuild. In large part, that’s also because of the near certainty that disasters like massive flooding will recur there repeatedly in the future. Read Fair Bluff’s tragic story in The New York Times.
Tell Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act to save frontline communities and small towns like Fair Bluff!