Encourage Climate Migration Now
One way or another, we are going to have to abandon the coastal towns. Miami is already dealing with seawater flooding their beach front stores at high tide. Florida fresh water wells, which the state depends on, are turning brackish and unusable. Add to that, too many people have fled the rural cities and towns. To have flourishing democracy and an economy, we need to re-populate the smaller cities of the country.
Maybe we could see more of these kind of programs in the big infrastructure bill, rather than the give aways to business?
"From 1953 to 2003, the U.S. rural population declined from 36% of the population to 21%. By 2050, fewer than 13% of Americans are likely to live in rural areas based on current trends. The decline of small farms and rural manufacturing has reduced employment opportunities for educated youth, driving many to leave. Four-fifths of rural counties have fewer businesses today than in 2008.
In some areas this trend has become a downward spiral. Population and business losses reduce tax bases, impoverishing public services, making communities less attractive for new residents and leaving fewer opportunities for local kids who want to stay. This pattern can contribute to feelings of insecurity, political polarization and a decline of trust in democratic institutions across rural America.
Given the right support, community leaders may be able to reenergize their towns by encouraging people displaced by climate disasters to move in."