As excited as I am to have a new park in northwest Hoboken, the thing I’m most excited for is its “resilient” nature, specifically its ability to retain one million gallons of storm water. As a coastal community, Hoboken has already been hit hard by the impacts of climate change, such as the flooding caused by rising sea levels and increasingly severe storms. And climate change is only going to get worse. I’m grateful that our local government recognizes this issue and prioritizes coping with the effects of climate change.
From resilience parks to flood pumps to planned flood barriers, Hoboken is working hard to protect its citizens. However, there is only so much that can be done to mitigate the effects of climate change. While local governments are busy mitigating, the federal government should be taking action to address the root causes of climate change. I’m hopeful that the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the House will lead the way in passing legislation to minimize climate change. We can, and are, doing a lot as a city, but we need the federal government to do its part in addressing this global issue.