Sea Level Rise
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Our coastlines are under siege from the impacts of climate change. Rising sea levels and more powerful storms are shrinking our beaches and diminishing the public’s ability to enjoy these special places. Pollution from fossil fuels is altering ocean chemistry and threatening marine life and whole ecosystems.
The good news is that solutions to these problems are within our grasp. Surfrider is at the forefront of efforts to help coastal communities adapt to a changing climate; and we are working with scientists and local communities to curb ocean acidification.
SEA LEVEL RISE - RISK ZONE MAP
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The interactive map below displays how our coast will be due to sea level rise. Make sure to switch between different Water Levels using the bar on the left to get an idea of the potential damage this can cause to our community.
Global warming is largely caused by carbon dioxide emissions. Unfortunately, the modern global economy heavily relies on carbon-based fuels. Because of this, taking on global warming might seem overwhelming. However, there are many things you can do to help reduce its effect. By changing your consumption habits, taking steps to save energy, and organizing with others, you’ll be able to take a real stand against global warming. In the end, you'll not only help save the planet, but you'll have fun raising awareness and making a difference.
HOW TO TAKE ACTION TO REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING
Eat fewer animal products
Since animal meat and animal products take a lot of energy, water, and other resources to create and transport, you can lower your carbon footprint by reducing your consumption of them. Instead of eating animal products, consider adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet. To do so, refocus your diet on fresh fruit and vegetables.
Buy locally sourced products
Recycle and reuse what you can
By minimizing the amount of products you consume that are made far from you, you’ll not only help your local economy, but reduce your overall carbon footprint. Look around your community for products made locally.
• Visit farmers markets for locally-grown produce and other food.
• Buy products, like furniture, from local craftsmen.
Since it requires a lot of energy to create certain materials from scratch, recycling and reusing will lower the amount of energy needed to make new products. Use recycle bins provided by your local government. If you don’t have access to them, collect plastic, aluminium, and paper products and periodically bring them to a recycle center near you.
• Donate items you don't want instead of throwing them away.
• Use cloth towels, reusable plates, and silverware instead of paper towels, paper plates, and disposable silverware.
CHANGING YOUR CONSUMPTION HABITS
Since driving is one of the biggest ways people contribute to global warming, minimizing how much you drive will make a huge impact. There are many ways you can do this:
• Carpool to work with others.
Using mass transportation. • •Consider riding the bus, using the subway, or taking a train.
• Plan weekly or monthly shopping trips, instead of going out whenever you need something.
Ride a bycicle
Maintain your automobile
Buy a new bicycle, a used one, or refurbish one. While you don’t need to bicycle everywhere, you can use it to get around town, exercise, and to visit friends. In the end, you’ll save energy and get in shape.
If you can't live without a car, then use it in a way that minimizes global impact. By regularly maintaining your vehicle, you’ll save money on gasoline and on future repairs.
• Keep your car tires adequately inflated. Under-inflated tires can reduce fuel economy by up to 9% and are subject to increased wear and tear. Check them monthly.
• Change your air filter. Check your car's air filter monthly. Cleaning your air filter improves your mileage and reduces pollution because it makes it easier for your car to take in air and maintain a proper fuel/air mixture.
Insulate your home and major appliances
Insulate anything that uses energy to stay a different temperature from its environment. You can buy insulation from hardware stores and in many varieties.
• Keep your water heater insulated to save up to 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide a year. Avoid using units fitted with continuous pilot lights, and you will save 200 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions yearly.
• Re-insulate your whole home to reduce heating and cooling costs. If your insulation is old or inefficient, replace it. Consider the attic, crawlspaces, basement, walls, and ceiling. If you have awkward spaces, be aware that cellulose or fibreglass insulation can be blown in by a professional contractor.
• Weather strip your home. Weather strip your doorways, windows and HVAC system. This could save up to 1,700 lbs. of carbon a year.
Use compact fluorescent or LED bulbs
Walk around your home and count how many incandescent light bulbs you have. Then, go to the store and buy compact fluorescent or LED bulbs to replace them. By replacing your old light bulbs, you’ll save a lot of power.
• A standard compact fluorescent bulb will save around one-third of a ton of greenhouse gas over its life.
• LED light bulbs are the most efficient and can save a lot of power. However, they may be costlier.
• Consider substituting as many energy efficient bulbs as you can, and give them as gifts to family and friends. Donate a set to a local charity to refit their office.
ENGAGING IN ACTIVISM
Contact your representatives
Since political leaders have a lot of power to change the system, one of the most effective ways to reduce global warming is to pressure them to do something about it. Start by finding out who represents you at the local, state, and national level. Then, contact them and share your concern about global warming. Ask your representatives to:
• Promote mass transportation projects.
• Help fund alternative energy projects.
• Support regulation that limits carbon emissions. For example, let your representatives know you support a tax on carbon emissions.
• Enter agreements with foreign nations to limit carbon emissions, like the Kyoto Protocol.
Inform people about the dangers of G.W
Join your local Surfrider Foundation Chapter
Take initiative and share your concern about global warming with the people around you. Simply by talking about it, or mentioning it, you may inform others about how it could impact their lives or the lives of their children or grandchildren.
• Tell people why you do certain things, like adopting a vegan or vegetarian diet.
• Let people know about things they can do to reduce their carbon footprint – like insulating their home or reducing the amount they drive.
• Don’t be pushy. If someone doesn’t want to talk about global warming, that’s okay. There is no reason to alienate people who don’t share your perspective.
The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
Surfrider Foundation now has more than 50,000 members in the USA and 90 chapters worldwide. International Surfrider Foundation chapters and affiliates have been established in many foreign countries including the Surfrider Foundation Europe (with ongoing programs and Chapters in France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Italy) as well as Japan, Brazil, and Australia.
STATE OF THE BEACH REPORT CARD
The Surfrider Foundation released the 2017 State of the Beach Report Card, which evaluates U.S. states and territories on their policies to protect our nation’s beaches from coastal erosion, haphazard development, and sea level rise. The results reveal that 22 out of 30 states, and the territory of Puerto Rico, are performing at adequate to poor levels, with the lowest grades located in regions that are most heavily impacted by extreme weather events. Surfrider’s report card clearly denotes that not only do the majority of states need to make improvements, but they also require continued support at the federal level for the Coastal Zone Management Act and funding for agencies such as NOAA, to protect our coastlines for the future.