Miami Battles Rising Seas
In this opinion piece, Ban Ki-moon, former secretary general of the United Nations, and Francis Suarez, mayor of Miami, offer their lessons learned in building resilience against climate change.
Among other pieces of advice, they recommend joining regional and global resilience networks, such as 100 Resilient Cities; taking a holistic, long-term approach; and the importance of city government leadership to driving investment in adaption.
The City of Miami is already implementing these lessons learned. After Hurricane Irma hit Miami in 2017, voters approved the $400 million Miami Forever Bond, which “brings together city planners, private sector innovators and citizens to build a stronger, more resilient future for Miami.” The first resilience projects financed from the bond are currently underway.
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