Washington Post: The unlikely group of Republicans who are preparing Florida for climate change

March 31, 2015

In a Washington Post story by Chris Mooney, Vicki Arroyo discusses Florida’s local efforts to prepare for sea-level rise and other climate impacts.

The article explains that planning and preparing for climate change in Southeast Florida is happening in a remarkably nonpartisan, get-it-done manner that, in some cases, doesn’t require an explicit acknowledgement of the science behind human-caused climate change – but doesn’t waste time debating the matter, either. This work led by the four counties of Southeast Florida – Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe – that in 2010 formed the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact.

“They’ve been leading on this for a while,” says Vicki Arroyo, who directs the Georgetown Climate Center. Not only is the compact the U.S.’s shining example of a regional collaboration to advance climate adaptation, says Arroyo, but its structure — a partnership between counties — may be more sturdy than anything that can be achieved at a state or national level. 

Read the full story in the Washington Post