Do Cities Need Resilience Corps to Deal With Climate Change?
Cities have firefighters and trash collectors as the climate breaks down. Do they also need resilience. Core by sierra new gen when hurricane ida hit new orleans in early september tanya freeman brown made the difficult decision to stay in the city the fifty-three-year-old and her family's sheltered in an old brick hotel in the downtown area watching fierce winds of up to one hundred fifty miles per hour pelt rainwater at the windows and remembering the destruction wrought by hurricane katrina sixteen years earlier to the day. It was stressful but freeman brown. Had a job to do. She says we're no match for nature. But this is what we've trained for. This is what the resilience core was built for like. Firefighters put out fires and waste collectors. Keep the city. Clean the job of the new orleans. Resilience core is to help the city be resilient to shocks. Crises and climate change launched by the city and october twenty twenty as a pilot to run for two years. The cores forty workers were mainly people who lost jobs in the hospitality industry during the pandemic. Who are now on full time contracts starting at twelve dollars an hour with a path to an eighteen dollar an hour wage freeman brown joined after losing her work as a corporate massage therapist at an insurance company. The core spent much of the last year working to support the city through kovic nineteen and get people vaccinated hurricane. Ida is the first climate disaster that the core has confronted though the sophisticated system of levees pumps and flood barriers. Built in the wake of katrina protected the city from water damage the storms high winds battered the city killing thirteen people there and toppling thousands of power lines and hundreds of substations. The lights remained off across most of new orleans for a week with at least ten percent of electric customers still without power nine days later.