Climate change affects the New Hampshire we know and love in an extreme way. If our fossil fuel emissions continue as they are now, the New Hampshire climate will be comparable to that of current-day North Carolina by the end of the century. The changing of New Hampshire’s climate is already having negative effects on our local ecosystem, public health, economy, and quality of life:
OUR LOCAL ECONOMY: Climate change is impacting industries important to our local economy, including outdoor recreation and the maple syrup industry. For example, the $152 million that "snow activities" contribute annually to our state economy is threatened by increasingly warmer winters. New England's maple syrup industry is expected to shrink by half by the end of the century due to climate change's impact on maple trees and the tapping season.
LIVABILITY: Most of the state has warmed by 2 to 3 degrees F in the last century. Rainstorms are heavier, leading to flooding. Summers are hotter and drier, resulting in droughts. Increasing temperatures lead to respiratory conditions like asthma, higher pollen counts causing severe allergic responses, and more heat danger days (heat index over 105 degrees F) leading to heat strokes and exhaustion.
OPPORTUNITY FOUND IN THE CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION
Scientists and climate experts agree that to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change, we must cut our emissions in half by 2030 and reduce them to net zero by 2050 by transitioning our electricity, heating, and transportation to clean and renewable energy. There are many co-benefits to this clean energy transition to our local community—from economic, health, to social.
For example, clean and renewable energy preserves the local economy by keeping more energy dollars local, creating local jobs, and lowering costs for all ratepayers:
For the sake of our local ecosystem, economy, & community's health, it is clear that we need to make a fast transition away from fossil fuels and embrace clean and renewable energy sources. Local action is an important avenue by which we can guarantee that Peterborough enjoys clean air for its residents to breathe, has sustainable jobs, and is doing its part to lead in the climate crisis. The first step is making the commitment!
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