Washington, D.C.: Hindu American Seva Communities (HASC) supports and complements efforts elaborated in the President's Climate Action Plan. Today, delivering on a major commitment in the Climate Action Plan, the White House unveiled the third U.S. National Climate Assessment—the most comprehensive scientific assessment ever generated of climate change and its impacts across every region of America and major sectors of the U.S. economy. A “game changer”, this Assessment lays out, at an unprecedented level of comprehensiveness, clarity, and detail, how climate change is affecting every region in our country and key sectors of our national economy. A single bottom line is crystal clear: climate change is not a distant threat; it is affecting the American people now in important ways.
Developed over four years by hundreds of the Nation’s top climate scientists and technical experts—and informed by thousands of inputs from the public, and technical workshops across the country, the third National Climate Assessment represents the most authoritative and comprehensive knowledge base about how climate change is affecting America now, and what’s likely to come over the next century. "They get that climate change is happening, they get that it is caused by human activity and support the solutions to climate change but they don't feel that sense of urgency," John Podesta, an adviser to President Obama.
An example of the seriousness of the problem, the impacts of climate change on human health and wellbeing:
“Climate change threatens human health and well-being in many ways, including through impacts from increased extreme weather events, wildfire, decreased air quality, threats to mental health, and illnesses transmitted by food, water, and disease carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks. Some of these health impacts are already underway in the United States. Climate change will, absent other changes, amplify some of the existing health threats the Nation now faces. Certain people and communities are especially vulnerable, including children, the elderly, the sick, the poor, and some communities of color. Public health actions, especially preparedness and prevention, can do much to protect people from some of the impacts of climate change. Early action provides the largest health benefits.” (NCA Highlights: Human Health)
“Our Dharmic teachings not only guide and inspire us, but they also expect action of us. If we strive to do our best, our karma will shape the future of our children and grandchildren. We can start with small steps such as ensuring our homes and temples become more energy-efficient” said EcoDharmic Seva Associate Project Director, Arjun Bhargava.
We, at HASC, urge you to study the highlights of this report so that we are better prepared to protect our communities and lead the EcoSeva Justice nationally rooted in our Dharmic values. This report makes the outcomes of climate change less abstract to all Americans. Let us highlight this issue in each corner of our country, to garner support for federal and state actions.