In October 2020, the City Council passed a Climate Emergency Resolution for the City of Biddeford. The Resolution highlighted the expected environmental effects of a warming planet and ocean, including a rising sea level and more frequent and severe coastal storms, and their projected economic costs, including damage to infrastructure, loss of coastal properties, loss of tourism, reduced fisheries, and negative health effects due to longer, warmer seasons.
Scientific consensus is that the effects of climate change will be irreversible within a short window of 7-15 years, and these effects will continue to worsen with time. The Mayor established the Climate Task Force to create an action plan that focuses on adaptation, mitigation and sustainability strategies that address the real effects of climate change that threaten our coastal community.
The Biddeford City Council formally adopted this Climate Emergency Resolution:
1) That there is irrefutable and overwhelming scientific evidence that our planet is warming due to greenhouse gas emissions.
2) That the Gulf of Maine temperature is warming at a rate 99% faster than the temperature of the global oceans.
3) That the coastal zones within the city shall be threatened by an increasing sea level rise of 8 inches to 6.6 feet by the end of this century² and these estimates could be significantly greater.
4) That the probability of increasing frequency and severity of coastal storms is high due to rising sea level and temperatures.
5) That economic costs due to the local effects of climate change have been projected to be very =significant and include:
6) That the effects of climate change will be irreversible within a short window of 7 – 15 years and that these effects will continue to worsen.
It is therefore recommended that the City of Biddeford should develop a plan that will:
The Biddeford Climate Task Force will continue to develop effective communication strategies regarding:
The Task Force meets every second and fourth Monday of the month.