Climate change refers to a long-term change in climate patterns attributed to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by human activity. primarily caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas. Burning fossil fuels generates greenhouse gas emissions that act like a blanket wrapped around the Earth, trapping the sun’s heat and raising temperatures.
Tribes are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change because of their close dependence on and connection with the natural environment for their culture, health, and livelihoods.
A Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Comprehensive Adaptation Plan are currently being developed for the Rincon Tribe to prepare for, respond to, and protect against climate change impacts (extreme events and harmful environmental trends) on tribal resources, economy, infrastructure, human health, and public safety.
A Joint Energy, Climate, and Sustainable Communities Planning Project is being prepared with other area Tribes to assess and prioritize the tribes’ separate and mutual needs and opportunities for energy, climate, and community sustainability; and conduct advanced planning on the priority strategies selected by each tribe.
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