Promoting citizen action to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Climate change is not some distant problem – it is happening here and now in the Upper Valley. In recent years, we have seen climate disruptions affect our communities in the form of droughts, deluges, ice and hail storms, intense cold snaps, and sudden heat waves. We must recognize these increasingly frequent extreme weather events for what they are: our new normal.
Climate resilience, or climate adaptation, is the ability of a community to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from climate impacts in a way that minimizes significant disruption to our lives and impacts on our shared resources. This includes our health, safety, built environment, food availability, natural resources, wildlife, and financial strength.
Climate mitigation describes efforts to reduce or prevent greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Vital Communities promotes climate mitigation through projects that move the Upper Valley away from reliance on fossil fuels for our heating, electricity, and transportation needs.