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There are flash mobs, and then there are flash-flood mobs.
Climate advocates at The CLEO Institute recently turned one Miami gift shop into a demonstration on rising sea levels as part of a campaign to bring urgency to the climate crisis. As caught on tape, the sudden torrent that floods the store is like a splash of cold water to the face of patrons, who receive a chilling reminder of the effects of rising sea levels.
You can view the three-minute video here.
VoLo Foundation Founder Thais López Vogel, whose organization helped put on the gift shop campaign, says the moment to act is now.
“Florida is already suffering the impacts of the climate emergency,” she said. “We have the technology and science to solve this crisis and protect the well-being of our communities. Our elected officials must take the necessary steps to ensure we meet a net-zero emissions and clean renewable energy goal by 2040.”
Yoca Arditi-Rocha, executive director of The CLEO Institute, noted the impacts are already happening in alarming ways. And although rising seas are poised to affect the entire state, she said it’s not affecting everyone equally.
“Low-income Floridians, and historically marginalized community members: people of color, indigenous communities, women, and the elderly, bear a disproportionate burden,” Arditi-Rocha said. “The climate emergency can no longer be ignored, and our government has a responsibility to act with urgency and implement equitable climate solutions that prioritize people over profit now.”
Floridians face higher costs of real estate, property insurance, energy and food. Sea water risks contaminating drinking water. And, of course, there’s the issue of erosion, flooding and storm surge.
“Floridians are on the front lines of climate change, with sea level rise, rapidly intensifying hurricanes, and astounding levels of extreme heat set to batter the state,” said Rachel Licker, principal climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Florida’s communities deserve bold, science-based, decisive action by their leaders to protect them from these threats and limit how bad they will get.”
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