How can we reduce risks and become more resilient to climate change?


  • • Conserve water. Use less.
  • • Turn off your taps. Fix leaks.
  • • Use biodegradable soaps and detergents.
  • Reuse gray water to irrigate your garden.
  • • Treat waste water with a septic tank.
  • • Build an artificial wetland to process gray water.
  • • Install a low flush or, better, a dry composting toilet.
  • • Capture rainwater from your roof for your toilets or to water plants.
  • • Build rain gardens to absorb storm water.



  • • Create more forest connectivity, especially along streams and rivers.
  • • Keep our streams and rivers clean.
  • • Protect forests.
  • • Plant native species.
  • • Educate yourself and others about the impact of climate change on flora and fauna.
  • • Share the results of research on the effects of climate change on biodiversity.
  • • Participate in community science projects.


  • • Remove containers that hold stagnant water where mosquitoes can reproduce.
  • • Store water in well-sealed containers.
  • • Plant a garden to always have fresh vegetables and fruits.
  • • Be sure buildings have adequate air circulation.
  • • Paint your roof white to keep your building cool.
  • • Have extra medications in preparation for when the roads are out.


  • • Build away from streams and areas susceptible to landslides.
  • • Identify risks in your home and create an emergency plan.
  • • Prepare for electrical interruptions with a battery backup or solar lamps.
  • • Prepare for water outages by storing at least one 5-gallon container with clean water.
  • • Cooperate with your neighbors and your local Emergency Commission to prevent and respond to disasters.
  • • Report problems with roads, electricity, water, telephones and other services.

Coastal Zones and Fisheries

  • • Buy sustainably-harvested local fish.
  • • Protect and replant mangroves.
  • • Stop the flow of plastic to the oceans.
  • • Support people who fish with wooden sailboats.