Here in the Southeastern United States, agriculture is one of the largest (if not the largest) industries in each of our states, including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina,South Carolina and Tennessee, and the U.S. National Climate Assessment reports that “Climate disruptions to agricultural production have increased in the past 40 years and are projected to increase over the next 25 years. By mid-century and beyond, these impacts will be increasingly negative on most crops and livestock.”
Civilizations are built upon consistency in the climate–things we can reliably predict and adequately prepare for. When that consistency goes away, the structures and tools that sustained civilizations, things that have always worked before, may no longer suffice. In ancient Egypt, climate change may have triggered famines and social unrest; in modern day USA, climate change is increasingly impacting agriculture. While we are a long way off from famine in the U.S. it is important we work now to enact a combination of mitigation and adaptation to reduce climate risk and ensure long-lived food security for our nation and the world.
Jennifer joined the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in 2006 as federal policy manager and now directs policy and communication efforts of SACE and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action…