This is something we can all do, easily: sign a petition. It’s a petition to AARP, asking them to take a leadership role in the climate change arena. Their membership is huge and they’d be a force if they were to get behind the movement to preserve what we can before it’s definitively too late.
Cleverly, the petition lets you indicate that you are a member, or that if you’re not (full disclosure: your editor is not), that you would join if they get involved. We happily ticked the ‘I’d join if you did something’ box.
Here’s the link: https://supportaarpclimateaction.org/petition/
Yesterday’s NY Times had a piece on trends in choice of retirement communities. That move you imagined doing, to the Florida coast or anywhere in Florida, or any coast for that matter, might not be the right move.
Climate change is affecting those communities, and probably yours too. Here in Cville our summers have gotten hotter and warm weather is extending longer into the fall. You can go here, put in any US address, and get a crude estimate of its risk of flooding, wildfires, and extreme heat. At our address in Cville, we have a minor risk of wildfires but a major risk of extreme heat, predicting 7 days of temps above 103 F this year and 17 of the same in 30 years.