Begin building resilient communities based on a thorough awareness of nature, advocates Aris Papadopoulos, founder of the Resilience Action Fund, a nonprofit that provides building and planning information, educational information, and research to communities. As rising sea levels threaten coastal communities and extreme weather increases inland, Papadopoulos advises homeowners and renters to become more aware of the at-risk locations near them to avoid direct damage due to climate change.
Papadopoulos, who is active in Miami-area resilience planning and a World Trade Center attack survivor, is the author of Resilience — The Ultimate Sustainability: Lessons from Failing to Develop a Stronger and Safer Built Environment. He shares how king tides, which flood parts of Miami regularly, are already mapping the future of habitable land in his home town. We also discuss progress — or the lack thereof — in Houston and other parts of the country.
If you are considering a new home, take a few minutes with the Resilience Action Fund to learn what risks to look for, how to ensure you receive all the information you need to make a location decision, and start building your resilient foundation for life in the 2020s.