Heed dangers of climate change


Re the April 23 article Nelson: Miami Beach ‘ground zero’ for rising seas: Florida is at the center of the climate crisis — vulnerable to and in many cases already dealing with the impacts of rising sea levels, coastal erosion, and more erratic and extreme weather. Thankfully, Sen. Bill Nelson is taking up this issue and recently called for action.

On the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, Sen. Nelson held a Senate subcommittee field hearing in Miami Beach on how climate change is affecting Florida’s environment and economy. This hearing provided an important forum for local leaders and experts to highlight the latest climate change science while discussing adaptation and mitigation plans for local communities.

Flooding, saltwater saturation and land erosion are destroying habitats, hurting Florida’s tourism economy, and increasing insurance premiums. We cannot wait any longer to address climate change, and we commend Sen. Nelson’s leadership on the most important challenge of our generation.

Gene Karpinski, president,

League of Conservation Voters,

Washington, D.C.

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