California set a record for greenhouse gas reductions in 2020, but it means nothing when a third of the nation is unprepared for the impacts of climate change. We need to take strong action to build a safer, more resilient infrastructure for our future.
At this critical time in our nation’s history, more than any other issue, we need a better infrastructure for our children than the one we have today. With the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, we must remember that a robust infrastructure is vital to a safe, healthy, educated workforce, a strong economy, and safe communities.
“We are living through a period of immense change. In a time of unprecedented challenges, our infrastructure must be resilient enough to adapt to our unique needs, while providing the needed support to our businesses and workers. Strong infrastructure is the foundation for social and economic stability – and for a healthy, prosperous nation.” – Secretary Kelly
What do we mean by a safe and resilient infrastructure? At a basic level, it means being prepared and ready to support the growth and development of our economy. This should be the most efficient, resource-efficient, and cost-effective means of getting the economy started and operating. For example, a modern high-speed train is more environmentally-friendly and economically-beneficial than a road driven by a truck with a flat tire.
But the most effective and efficient way to support the economy is with well-designed, sustainable infrastructure. The most efficient, resource-efficient, and cost-effective means of getting the economy rolling are our most effective and efficient means. It’s not that we need a new type of infrastructure, but a new way of thinking.
How can we build a safer, more resilient infrastructure for our kids?
What would make our infrastructure safe enough to protect them from the risks of a pandemic spreading through our world?
What would make our infrastructure resilient enough to weather a natural disaster like a massive earthquake or another meteor-sized