EcoRI News: New Providence Partnership Pushes for Climate-Ready City

PROVIDENCE — The city’s vulnerabilities to the climate crisis, most notably increased flooding linked to sea-level rise, storm surge, and more frequent and intense rains, are urgent and will increase in the coming decades to unmanageable levels. The status quo or business as usual won’t keep Rhode Island’s capital afloat.

The fledgling organization that came to this conclusion — by pouring through some 100 plans, policies, studies, and reports, and by speaking with a wide array of local experts — recently hired its first two employees. Their charge is to help the people and places that make Providence unique begin adapting immediately to the big changes that are fast approaching.