Op-ed by Susan Glickman, The Invading Sea, April 16, 2020
Drastic times call for drastic measures, and society is making unprecedented changes to the ways we govern ourselves, school our children, shop, work, manage finances, and socialize.
Constant hand-washing is the new norm and we are making individual sacrifices for the common good. We continue to drastically change our behaviors in ways that, until recently, would have been unimaginable.
COVID-19 is teaching us that we can come together, despite our differences, and take action, inconvenient as it may be, to support our common goal of a safe and healthy future on our planet. At the same time, this experience is teaching us the value and benefits of good science and its capability to keep us safe.
In Florida, these lessons have special implications as the climate crisis presents current and near future threats from rising seas, saltwater intrusion, and increasingly intense weather events. Climate impacts are a reality for those on the frontlines of this crisis, and Floridians are already paying the price, as extreme weather events like flooding, increased hurricane intensity, and public health threats like heat and mosquito-borne diseases are on the rise.