Like many of us, I know that our way of life here in Eastern North Carolina depends on a clean and healthy coast. From tourism and recreation to commercial fishing and real estate, our economy is intertwined with an ecosystem that is all too easy to destroy. Continued fossil fuel exploration costs us billions in clean up and relief, risks century-long climate and environmental damage, fuels superstorms, and endangers lives. Coastal beach renourishment and wetlands protection is absolutely essential to our storm resiliency, to mitigating sea level rise, to safeguarding property investments, and to protecting our wildlife.
Plan of Action
- Continue existing innovative solutions and adaptive strategies to fund essential beach renourishment as well as the preservation of dunes and coastal marshes working local, state, to federal.
- Encourage economic development through partnerships for the conduct of coastal research that would bring biotechnology jobs in cleaner industries that respect our unique geology and geography.
- Fiercely oppose any and all efforts to pursue offshore drilling by our federal lawmakers as an unnecessary risk to our environment as well as our local economy, way of life, and coastal ecology.
- Encourage innovation with clean energy solutions like wind and solar to diversify our energy portfolio and bring jobs to our area.
- Protect our wetlands and prevent inappropriate development that infringes on critical habitats or fragile coastal ecosystems recognizing that both are essential to our climate and storm resiliency.