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Climate Action Plan: 5 Tips for Local Governments

Climate change is already impacting regions worldwide, and the effects will only intensify going forward.

In North America, we are regularly experiencing harsher winters, hotter summers, and extreme weather-related events, such as hurricanes, floods, droughts, wildfires, and landslides. These events have a catastrophic impact on towns and cities that aren’t designed with the infrastructure needed to handle new threats and challenges.

To address rapidly changing climate conditions, local governments are adopting climate action plans that identify and adapt community goals for health and safety, economic growth, sustainable energy, and quality of life as climate-driven changes occur.

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ICLEI USA & ResourceX Partner to Advance Sustainability for Local Gov

Governments must continually juggle multiple issues of immediate importance. Resource scarcity and organizational constraints make it difficult to address "new" issues such as climate action. However, local governments don't have the luxury of not preparing for the impacts of climate change. They have the unique opportunity to lead local climate action by helping their communities adapt to climate change and reducing emissions.

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