While politicians argue about whether it exists, climate change continues to have its affects around the globe and here at home. If you pay attention to the climate change issue at all, you have heard of the dynamic former president of the Maldives, Mohammed Nasheed, who shot to global prominence by holding a cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the risk rising sea-levels present to the low-lying archipelago in the Indian Ocean. He was sacked for his troubles later in the year, but he still marches the world, crying wolf to all who will listen. That’s the way he and people like him are often portrayed…as chicken littles harping about a disastrous future….like that guy in the comic strip who is always carrying around a sandwich board which says “we are doomed! Repent!”
We aren’t doomed after all and please, sea level rise? What does that have to do with the price of beef in Kansas or the cost of my next gallon of gas?
Actually quite a bit, and you don’t have to go to the Maldives to see the effects of sea level rise that are already occurring across the planet. A trip to famed Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Ft. Lauderdale Florida will do the trick. The streets of Ft. Lauderdale are less than 2 feet above sea level in many places, as they are throughout the Florida Keys, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Bangla Desh, the Philippines, Houma, Louisiana, Sausalito, California, Venice, Italy and Venice, Florida….I could go on and on.
Check Out Jim’s Discussion about sea-Level rise in Florida
Sea Level rise is so real and right now that in South Florida, leaders dissatisfied with Federal and state progress in climate change mitigation planning, forged an alliance to fight the coming rise in sea water. It’s called the Four County Compact, and it’s comprised of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami Dade, and Monroe Counties, which make up the southern tip of the state and the Keys.
The Compact recently joined forces with Florida Atlantic University to hold a summit on sea level rise to illustrate what the Compact is doing in the battle against the inevitable 3 feet of sea level rise expected BEFORE THE END OF THE CENTURY. Think of it! If you are 25 and your parents have land in Ft. Lauderdale, that land may not exist when you inherit it! That’s how right now this situation is. Coming up, a podcast recorded in Ft. Lauderdale on property that in just a few decades hence, will not be above the waterline.
Jim Jackson is an award winning writer and radio host at RadioGreenEarth.org.