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Environment & Climate Change

Communities in Detroit team up to combat climate change

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Without climate action, Michigan could see more extreme weather events like this flood in Ingham County.

A group of communities in Detroit is working together to address climate change. The Detroit Climate Action Collaborative, a combination of people from private and public industries, has developed a Detroit Climate Action plan, which aims to make a cleaner, healthier Detroit while creating jobs and lowering costs.

Kimberly Hill Knott, project director for the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative, joined us today on Stateside. 

She said without action, and as the climate becomes more volatile, Detroit could see more events like the flood that hit the city in 2014. 

And action on climate change, Knott said, could prevent more than natural disasters.

“Our climatology shows us that if we don’t do anything to address climate change, by the year 2020 we will see as many as 250 heat-related deaths per year,” Knott said.