The climate is changing. Some still argue over the cause and who or what to blame but as they experience more rain and more flooding there’s more agreement that action is needed.
The last part of the Washed Away coverage focuses on how communities need to be proactive and how Goshen is trying to lead the way.
The heavy rain and flooding destroying homes, businesses and infrastructure are costing taxpayers a lot of money.
“The flood definitely caught the staff and the community off guard … we’ve had floods in the past, but this was the biggest flood on record for Goshen,” says Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman.
His staff and city learned a lot from the February 2018 flood, with one of the main takeaways being they are more at risk than they thought.
“I’m arguing whether you believe in climate change or not … taking these steps … these green projects … doing what we can to be more resilient, helps everybody,” says Stutsman.
So where do we begin?
At Indiana University in Bloomington there’s a group of scientists and policy experts at the Environmental Resilience Institute. The think tank trying to get past the controversy of climate change and instead focus on sustainable solutions.
See companion articles from ABC57 on what is climate resilience and how extreme events are changing attitudes on climate change.