“We don’t have to be heroes, but we can’t be cowards.”
In the middle of this rainy winter when coastal roads were flooding every other week in some towns, Sidney Gale’s soothsaying statement to a roomful of land use professionals caught no one by surprise. It was more than six years after the Superstorm Sandy crisis hit the coastline. Even though the state had escaped major hurricanes since then, the everyday creep of rising sea level into roads and neighborhoods had become chronic. Climate change is making this already watery world even more so, and we can’t simply hit the brakes and stop what our emissions have already set in motion.