Colorado: Polis Administration Releases First-Of-Its-Kind Climate Preparedness Roadmap

DENVER ~ Today, the state of Colorado released its first Climate Preparedness Roadmap, which focuses on ways to better understand, prepare for, and adapt to the impacts of climate change. This report was produced by the newly formed Governor's Office of Climate Preparedness and Disaster Recovery through the passage of SB22-206.

Governor Polis stated that "Colorado has seen historic wildfires and floods, and extreme drought that threaten our economy and our way of life. This roadmap will help guide the important steps Colorado should take to better prepare for increasingly frequent potential disasters and lessen their impact on our communities."

The report includes a first-of-its-kind analysis of climate risk in Colorado that aims to provide a better understanding of what climate impacts mean for the state and Coloradans while identifying actionable next steps that advance progress and better prepare Colorado for the future. The roadmap will be regularly updated every three years to ensure continued progress.

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Senate President Steve Fenberg said "Our climate is changing whether we like it or not, and Coloradans all across our state are seeing the increasingly destructive impacts of climate change firsthand, which is why we passed legislation to help communities prepare for and recover from the disasters we're sure to face."

State Representative Judy Amabile added "The Marshall Fire is and will be a defining event in my life and legislative career. While our communities continue the recovery process, I'm proud that through SB22-206, and our creation of the Office of Climate Preparedness and the Climate Preparedness Roadmap, our state is investing its attention in better understanding the challenges that lie ahead, and working in a coordinated way across state-government to prepare for those challenges."

The roadmap describes several areas that deserve particular focus because of their risk they present such as supporting adaptation of Colorado's natural systems and biodiversity; extreme heat; wildfire; drought; post-fire flooding; adaptation efforts to support agricultural producers; outdoor workers; improved coordination; education; technical assistance; research; integration into existing programs; community-centered approaches. Throughout all these actions, disproportionate vulnerability of certain communities is a guiding focus.

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Jonathan Asher, Director of Governor's Office of Climate Preparedness said "The impacts associated with climate change can feel challenging. But by better understanding Colorado's specific climate future and focusing on achievable next steps - as this roadmap does - Colorado can identify its unique opportunities and a path toward a healthy and vibrant future."

The Governor's Office was created to bring a focused, coordinated, proactive approach to climate adaptation & preparedness & increase disaster recovery capacity within Governor's Office following devastation caused by Marshall fire & 2020 fire season & ongoing recovery efforts. With this roadmap in place, Colorado is leading the way in establishing comprehensive analysis & actionable recommendations to ensure its state prepares for changes already here & accelerating.

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