When talking about climate change, the question we need to ask is no longer “Are we screwed?” because that answer is unequivocally yes.
The question we need to ask today is, “Now what?”
It’s possible to build a livable world for the future if we take action to restore fragile environments, transform our food and energy systems, and build in protections for people and places.
But it won’t be easy.
A nine-foot storm surge barreled down on the city. It swamped subways and neighborhoods. A power substation flooded, causing an explosion that looked like something out of a science-fiction film. Half of Manhattan turned pitch black.
Downed power lines lit close-together homes on fire, forcing some residents to swim through alleys and into houses to help save neighbors. Forty-three people died. One person was electrocuted in front of neighbors as she ventured out into the storm to take a photo.
It wasn’t a scene from a movie or a scientist’s stark prediction. This was superstorm Sandy, which hit New York City and New Jersey five years ago. It changed how experts across the US think of disaster preparedness.