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As Hurricane Laura barreled toward the Gulf Coast this past August, Daniel Rogers of Pineville, Louisiana, worried about what the deadly storm would do to his home and community.

“It’s kind of a strange state to be in because you kind of just feel like Mother Nature has all control,” he says. “So you’re sitting there just hoping that a tree doesn’t fall on your house and hoping your windows don’t break through or anything like that. And you just kind of have to wait it out.”

Ultimately, Pineville was spared the worst. At Rogers’s house, a section of fencing was damaged.

“But we’re fortunate that that was all that occurred,” Rogers says. “It could have done more damage, and we definitely dodged a bullet.”

But he says that as the climate warms, the ongoing threat of extreme weather looms.

“There’s a lot of places all over the world that are experiencing extreme weather events that we think are directly related to the changing climate,” he says. “I think it definitely creates a sense of urgency.”

So Rogers volunteers with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, an advocacy group. And as he considers who to vote for on election day, he looks for candidates committed to climate action.

“We need to figure out how we can start reversing some of the effects that we’re seeing from climate change,” he says. “So it’s an extremely important topic for me personally.”

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Topics: Policy & Politics