And she does a great job to explain the basics! Danielle defines the cause of sea-level rise and the location of its sources. It’s a sobering article reminding us to expect some changes along the coastline, worldwide. I’m not saying the the world will end, but things will be different. Many of the coastal areas that we know and love may disappear underwater as the sea approaches land or will be destroyed due to increased storm surges. It is a consequence for which we must prepare as there seems to be a lack of effort by governments to curb our contribution to climate change.
Most governments are debating whether climate change exists or whether humans are accelerating climate change. Marine scientists, geologists, oceanographers, landscape architects, and coastal engineers as well as coastal residents see the changes up close and personal. Since 600 million people live within 10 miles of the coastline, sea-level rise will affect their day-to-day activities and perhaps lives. More levees will be built or even walls to stop the sea from infiltrating cities. Freshwater will become contaminated as saltwater infiltrates groundwater source, which is currently happening in many small island communities.
If governments aren’t doing anything about it, how can we, as individuals do something about it. The first think you can do is realize admit that sea-level rise is happening and it is because we are warming the sea through a warmer climate. You can mitigate your carbon footprint by reducing your dependence on gasoline products such as gas lawnmowers, snowblowers, leaf blowers, chainsaws, and of course gas cars. Switch to electric for these items. When you buy a car, buy a hybrid. They are cheaper than you think. If you already have a gas car, drive less or carpool to work. There are plenty of other means to travel around town than using a car: public transportation, bicycles, rollerblades, and/or walking. They are a great way to get some exercise as well.
Many of the products we purchase are made overseas or imported into town. Try to buy locally made items as much as possible. It ends up being better for your community in the end as the money your use to purchase items at a local boutique or market remains on your community and does not end up in a company headquarters thousands of kilometres away.
All of these alternative ways to live your life may disturb your day-to-day routine initially; however, you will be healthier and help save the Oceans and Coasts in return for some small changes in your lifestyle. The more people that make an effort, the closer we will be to reducing climate change impacts such as sea-level rise. Small changes today for a better tomorrow.
Check out Danielle Meitiv’s article on sea-level rise and how it works here.