As we approach another Earth Day, we can’t help but acknowledge how climate change is impacting our local real estate market. In the last few months alone, we’ve heard from families in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah who are planning to move to Madison due to the changing environmental conditions out west. Collectively our clients have mentioned wildfires, excessive smoke, excessive heat, and a diminishing water supply as the reasons for their move.
It’s here. And if we allow climate change to continue unabated, then climate-related migration could create population and environmental pressures in Dane County in ways that we never imagined.
Which begs some important questions:
How will we as individuals and as a community limit our impact on climate? Will we be willing to inconvenience ourselves in order to preserve and protect our planet?
To what extent will our city planning and new construction developments support environmental sustainability?
How will we ensure our lakes, rivers and water supply are free of runoff and toxic chemicals?