The World Meteorological Organization predicts that global climate patterns will be strongly affected by the return of El Niño in the Pacific this year. This means a higher than average number of 90-degree days here in Brooklyn.
So this summer 350Brooklyn will be out in neighborhoods on weekends to share information about what people can do to cope with the heat, and what they can do to address the larger problem, global warming.
Sign up to table with 350Brooklyn and get the word out about how to beat the heat!
Here are a few actions you can take to ease the impact of heat waves right now.
Trees not only shade us but they absorb carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. Trees can lower the temperature of surrounding areas by as much as 5 degrees.
If you don’t have air conditioning, spending 2-3 hours in an air-conditioned space helps your body cope. And low-income New Yorkers can get financial help with buying an air conditioner or fan, or with paying for the electricity to run it.
Urban areas are hotter because hard surfaces like buildings, sidewalks and roads absorb and retain heat. Neighborhoods with few green spaces are “urban heat islands,” hotter than neighborhoods with lots of street trees and parks.
These resources from local and national sources summarize ways to stay safe and help your neighborhoods become more resilient to the impacts of extreme heat:
Want to help fellow New Yorkers stay safe this summer? Sign up to table with 350Brooklyn and get the word out about how to beat the heat.