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Resilience in Baltimore: A Bottom-Up Example of People Taking Charge

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The recommendations of the Resilience Study include:

  • Some highly salient community issues, like trash, tie directly to climate preparedness efforts; others may relate more peripherally. Solutions should thus address not only some of the most critical problems, but simultaneous interests in building resilience to climate impacts and general community development. For example, trash clogs storm drain systems, resulting in flooding during heavy precipitation events, but it also affects community pride and has health implications.
  • Communication can be used to bolster social resilience for the purposes of building trust and collective action. As such, it should be a program target.
  • The neighborhoods described here--especially Baltimore--are already suffering disproportionately from environmental and health risks, and recognize these risks at the same rates as other Marylanders. Additional risk information may be counter-productive.
  • Either fatalistic or more disengaged coping styles for stress should not be viewed as synonymous with non-recognition of risk.
  • Residents of all four neighborhoods called for more community centers as one of the most important issues. Projects like the resiliency hub pilot in Baltimore and social services hub in Glassmanor-Oxon Hill meet that call, and could potentially bolster both the physical resources and social fabric of the neighborhoods.
  • The four neighborhoods are not ambivalent about the role of climate change in their communities, nor the role of government in tackling the problem--they are concerned and supportive of action. This message should be conveyed to their elected representatives.

My question is, how long do we continue discussing politics while all this is happening. Are we just "bowing to The Man" be he in the form of a woman or man who has his or her sight on more and more profits and political power? Is Hillary going to make a difference? Is Trump?

My answer is "No, they are not the answer because they are bought and sold by the "Big Monies" i.e., the top 1 -5%.

When do we kindle the well being of people? Does the reader feel empowered in the current structure? Can you see the benefits of movements like this in empowering you and your loved ones?

What's in your neck of the woods? Can you begin a movement? Research it!!!

I hope these articles are of help and an empowerment to you, the reader. You are what matters! If change is going to happen, it's going to be via people like you and me. Not the government, not the church, not a savior coming out of the sky. The savior revealed is you and I. We are the ones who are responsible. Wisdom is within us, not the man or woman debating on the television.

Consider researching your area while looking at what is happening throughout the United States. Below is a link taking you to Baltimore.

http://www.beslter.org/teasers_ajax/landing-resilience-in-ecology-and-urban-design.html

(Article changed on October 29, 2016 at 09:04)

(Article changed on October 29, 2016 at 09:04)

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