This year the U.S. has already been hit with 18 extreme weather events that have incurred over $1 billion dollars in damages. These include wildfires in the west, hurricanes in the Gulf and Northeast and heatwaves across the Pacific Northwest. Sadly, the human toll of these billion-dollar weather events was more than twice the number of deaths last year.
These shifts in our climate and weather patterns are threatening many treasured natural wonders as well, from the oldest and largest giant sequoia trees in the world to the iconic Florida manatee. We must take action now to provide the critical funding our ocean and our communities need to adapt to climate change.
With these constantly changing conditions, we need help staying up to date. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides the critical ocean, weather and climate data and forecasting needed to keep the ocean healthy. The tools and services NOAA provides help give the ocean a voice to tell us what it needs. That’s why we’re asking you to show your support for NOAA today.
As climate change continues to wreak havoc, prioritizing investments in NOAA’s science, conservation, climate and weather mission is more important now than ever.