Hurricane Harvey: When the unprecedented is the new normal

This afternoon the waters are still rising in and around Houston. Hurricane Harvey brought what Governor Abbott of Texas described as “a new and different normal for this entire region.” The agony of searching for victims and assessing damage has only just started, but we know that huge swaths of Houston are underwater. Our hearts are with those who are suffering in Texas and Louisiana, especially under-resourced communities who will bear the brunt of this nightmare.

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation―like Katrina’s and Sandy’s―is both unprecedented and a precursor of the new normal as our climate changes. Rising seas and storm surges will have similar impacts on coastal communities across the planet, including in our home community of Massachusetts, which contains extensive flood-prone areas of its own.

Hurricane Harvey is a horrifying reminder of how urgent climate action is, but the first order of business is to do all we can to support those who are most impacted by Harvey. Click here to support a progressive alliance providing aid to victims of Harvey, and here to support TEJAS, a Houston-area environmental justice organization providing aid to communities in oil-industry territory affected by the storm.


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