Through the HighWaterLine | Miami project and in Resilient Miami's nascent stages, we've encountered many ideas of what the word 'resilient' implies. A few of our favorites:
Prepared | Connected | Sustainable | Adaptable | Informed | Innovative | Dynamic | Responsive | Engaged | Forward-thinking
This is by no means a comprehensive list nor does it provide a complete definition for resilience, but each one of these words captures part of the essence of what it means to be building a Resilient Miami.
Locally, many groups are taking steps towards building elements that positively impact resilience. Several of these individuals and organizations are better connected to each other as a result of the the HighWaterLine | Miami project. Yet, much more lies ahead from all levels of our community.
Where Does Miami's Leadership Stand?
Just recently, on Feb 4th - 6th, mayors joined together in Johannesburg, South Africa for the fifth biennial C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Mayors Summit. The theme for this year's summit was:
“Towards resilient and liveable Megacities– demonstrating action, impact and opportunity”
Current and previous mayors and other other representatives from numerous global cities had the chance to present and participate in this event. Miami was largely absent. It is not clear at this time whether anyone from Miami was even present, but as one of the nation's fastest growing cities and more critically, the country's most climate-vulnerable city it is remarkable that we, as a global city, didn't have more of a presence. Clearly, there is a need to elevate the conversation and impress upon our local leaders the need to take bold steps towards
Resilient Miami :: A Starting Point
For Resilient Miami there's lots of work ahead. As a starting point, Resilient Miami is taking on two issues: emergency response and solar power.
With emergency response, we are seeking to lay the foundation for a much more prepared, informed and responsive community. Starting with the area of Little Havana in the City of Miami, Resilient Miami is building a broad coalition of community members that will benefit from professionally provided emergency response training in an effort to create CERTs or Community Emergency Response Teams. Creating neighborhood CERT networks throughout our communities is not only about emergency response as it is also a powerful tool for building community networks and connections.
According to Miami-Dade's CERT-brochure communities affected by disasters will be largely on their own for the first 24-72 hours as emergency personnel and materials are organized and deployed. A community's emergency response preparation is immensely important during the first hours after a disaster strikes -- for many, it could literally mean the difference between life and death.
As Resilient Miami moves forward with the community building and information gathering stages of the CERT creation, we will need broad support. If you are interested in learning more or participating, please contact us.
On the solar front, Resilient Miami is working on increasing our collective knowledge regarding solar power in South Florida. Despite Miami's high solar potential, the area is incomprehensibly low in terms of solar energy output. While general thoughts and theories abound as to why solar energy is not easily attainable for the Miami area, Resilient Miami is currently collecting the available research and information on what the challenges truly are, how to effectively increase solar power usage in the area, and how to address the challenges that do exist.
Resilient Miami believes that this city is ready for a major push towards broader solar energy use, which would make our city more sustainable while laying the foundation for a greener economy. If you are interested in learning more and helping us build what could become a sustainable [both environmentally and economically] movement in Miami, please contact us here.