I have been noticing with communities around the shores of the world a growing concern regarding rising sea levels. Of course this is entirely reasonable. Locally the authorities are doing their best to shirk responsibility, it seems they haven't really even thought about it in any serious way. All they tend to say is, tough, you will have to relocate. I cannot understand why no one has even suggested the possibility of staying in the same place and look at more inventive methods of building and living. It could be an opportunity to live in a way that works in a more sustainable way, although I understand that not everyone wants that and it won't be easy. There is considerable technical understanding worldwide to building on stilts it's a viable possibility. There many examples Venice being the most obvious to me. Below is a pic of Santa Cruz del Islote, Colombia. It's rather crowded now (!), I wonder what it would have been like if permaculturalists had evolved it - potential nirvana ?
Actually the worst problem is saltwater infiltration of wells, that is why the people are moving from Vanuatu. Apparently Miami is having the same problem. Nature abhors a vacuum. The more groundwater being extracted the faster it happens. Obviously one can desalinate, but it is costly and creates a waste problem with your leftover salt. Bottom line is that the economics of climate change tend to trigger a crisis long before environmental extremes occur.
My land teaches me how to farm
Time is the best teacher, but unfortunately, it kills all of its students - Robin Williams. tiny ad:
Hope in a World of Crisis - Water Cycle Restoration