While the media is heralding Climate Change deniers’ claims, or worse yet, ignoring Climate Change in the news altogether, those responsible for planning our future are on the job. The true test as to whether a hypothesis has moved from wild hunches to part of the game plan is whether it’s being factored into the future.
We already know many possible consequences of Climate Change will affect our local environment: Possible Rochester, NY region Climate Change scenarios.
Three long-range plans for our region on energy, solid waste, and transportation all have Climate Change as a critical component of their plans.
- Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Material Management Strategy - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
- Genesee Transportation Council Long Range Transportation Plan for the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region 2035
- The New York State Energy Planning Board is soliciting public comments on the Draft Scope for the 2013 State Energy Plan [PDF]. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
What is troubling though is that in these lean budgetary times, when governmental programs are being gutted without thought to our environment and those responsible for education our youth are being stripped of their jobs, these plans might merely be hollow promises. Please stay tuned to RochesterEnvironment.com to make sure Climate Change remains a central aspect of all our long-term planning. Remember, there are no climate change deniers in the foxholes of government planning—yet. And please don’t put them there.