About This Podcast Series
My mission on this website is simply to ask important questions and identify critical issues pertaining to sea level rise.
Here we explore the profound impact swelling oceans are starting to have on ordinary people and institutions in vulnerable areas.
If responsible scientific projections about the height of seas are even remotely accurate, and I am convinced they are very accurate, then all members of the public and private sectors need to learn more about the challenges we face today.
Those who must meet these challenges are financial institutions, from Wall Street to Main Street, our government leaders at all levels, educators, health experts, lawyers, engineers, architects, agricultural interests and other disciplines.
We cannot afford to waste time.
My interest in rising seas and their meaning for metropolitan and agricultural regions started in 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricanes Wilma and Katrina.
I started reading articles about projected sea level rise published by important national publications. The threat to Florida, my home state, was pronounced...even back then. But the issue seemed too far off to worry about.
But the issue started to hit home on a more personal level a few years later, when I discovered my 91 year-old father could not reach his flooded car in his apartment parking lot near the Intracoastal water way in Fort Lauderdale due to periodic tidal flooding.
The water that frequently traps my father in his development encroaches not by overtaking the sea wall, but rather pushes up through the storm sewer system onto the blacktop. That started happening in the last few years. This small but telling reality served as a wakeup call. It became clear...symptoms of higher seas are slowly, but steadily, appearing along the Southeastern Florida coast.
A quick survey of "sea level rise" on the internet demonstrates the staggering scope of the problem, in all coastal regions of the United States. Even interior areas are not immune, as they will be affected by shifting populations and tax burdens associated with rising seas.
Our planet is changing...and as stewards of this time, we have an imminent duty to understand, and deal with sea level rise now instead of pushing that task off to future generations, when it will be too late.
Nothing short of intelligently meeting those burdens will suffice.
I invite your insights and observations. The dialogue on rising seas and how that phenomenon impacts society today and beyond is just beginning. Let's open our minds to the possibilities of constructive engagement to this nation-altering force.
The truth is, we can adapt intelligently to sea level rise. And now is the time to get started.
I don't have all the answers to deal with rising seas, nor do I profess to know more than others on this amazing and intruding topic. But I do have questions we all must confront...and together, we can, and must, address them with vigor.
For related sites, please visit SLRAmerica.org and SLRSouthFlorida.com. Click images to view.