Much has been said about recent responses to the issue of climate change, so there’s no need to add to that conversation. However, coastal professionals and residents understand that, ultimately, sea level change and other consequences of a warming climate are not political realities, but scientific ones.
More important, they are personal realities… and doing something in response to climate change, finally, comes down to a personal response.
So what can you, as coastal dwellers and advocates, do to counter sea level rise?
You certainly have heard the usual responses – lessen your carbon footprint, waste less, etc. – but there are issues and concerns unique to the coast that can best be addressed by those who live and work along our shores.
That old phrase, “Think globally, act locally,” has never been more true. The impacts of climate change will be felt by each and every one of us – so that’s where the change in behaviors and beliefs need to come from if we’re going to lessen the scope and severity of that change to our lives and livelihoods.
Very few of us can have an impact on what happens in the halls of power here and around the globe. But we all can have a very real impact on what we do about it.
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