13 Aug 2019

Guam creates a commission for climate change resiliency

5:32 pm on 13 August 2019

Guam has established a resiliency commission which aims to develop strategies to resist the adverse effects of climate change and reduce factors like emissions.

The Pacific Daily News reports Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed an executive order establishing the climate change resiliency commission on Monday.

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Photo: Guam Visitors Bureau

The governor said Guam is seeing the harmful effects of climate change, from erosion to brush fires, degradation of coral reefs, pollution, scarce agricultural resources, and increasing intensity of natural disasters.

Ms Leon Guerrero said the new initiative will coordinate their response to climate change and institute meaningful policies that will protect resources and the environment.

"The time to act is now," she said.

The commission will focus on eight key outcomes around energy, water resources, ocean and land resources, infrastructure and community resiliency, development planning, food security, public health and safety and greenhouse emissions and carbon footprint.

The commission will consist of six members, with appointments still pending.