The hidden costs of climate change

As global climate change continues, no state will be hit harder than Florida.

And it won't just be the higher temperatures, increased hurricane activity, and rising sea levels we will need to worry about.

What will hit us first will be negative economic repercussions like higher insurance costs, huge drops in coastal home prices, higher interest rates for cities, and bigger burdens for taxpayers.

This is why city and state leaders need to start taking actions now to prepare districts with new flood control protections and programs.

Otherwise, credit agencies are warning they will begin downgrading city and municipal credit scores, which would lead to significantly raised taxes on residents and make it more difficult to fund future infrastructure projects.

So, please, consider contributing $5, $10, $15, or any amount of your choosing to help me get to the Florida House.

South Florida is already having a major problem dealing with flooding and almost 4 out of 5 of our state residents live or work within 10 miles of the coast.

We can't stick our heads in the sand any longer. We must make changes at a state and Federal level.

- Emma

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