nobody can individually lessen the effects of climate change. It will take the united efforts of the entire planet to even just slow down the effects of climate change. However the most important thing you can do as "an ordinary citizen" is start to make changes in your life to adapt, Educate people in your community how to prepare for floods and storms. Most people die in storms because of lack of preparation. Get people in your community to also work out their personal evacuation or going to higher \round plan. many people living in single storey housing need to make arrangements with communities living in multi-level housing to take people in for a short time. We really are going to have to work together as one if we are going to make it through this century.