Global warming is a perfect storm. The problem is too big, effects too dire, and politicians who won’t tackle it lack the courage to face the truth.
With little can be done at the global level, governments are instead fighting in states and localities, attempting to make the fight a bit easier.
So it should come as no surprise that as the frequency of extreme weather events increases, so do such fights. Following the Gulf Coast hurricanes in 2017, like Hurricane Michael, a number of local and state governments have passed laws, ordinances and regulations to protect their residents from further disaster.
Liz Shuler, a founder of the health, environment and public education advocacy group Fresh Energy, hopes to fight back against such efforts.
“There is a rise in threats,” Shuler told reporters at a press conference in Seattle this week. “Litigation is being taken more and more seriously,” she said, talking about environmental litigation. And many threats are related to climate change, she said.
Shuler’s group recently launched a service allowing citizens to respond to the lawsuits and ordinances that state and local governments are submitting, providing a battle plan on how to fight back and keep politicians on their toes.
Shuler is hoping to eventually gain funding to better equip citizens to answer these suits. Her group also has plans to start a web-based site for victims of climate change-related disasters.
From the looks of it, anyone with an internet connection and an affinity for memes will have no trouble joining in the fight.