By coming together, we will send a clear signal to delegates at the G7 conference that people in communities vulnerable to sea level rise and flooding demand more action to tackle the climate emergency.
So what’s really happening?
Coastal areas in the UK are going to see an increase in ‘compound flooding’ in the coming decades. This happens when storm surges and heavy rainfall combine, which will be more common thanks to rising global temperatures.
How is this linked to fossil fuels?
Sea level is the increasing level of the world’s oceans due to the effects of global warming. This happens when CO2 and other heat-trapping gases are released into the atmosphere, from things like burning fossil fuels and deforestation. The oceans then absorb the majority of this heat, and as water becomes warmer, it expands. This causes ocean levels worldwide to rise.
What about Ice caps?
With year-around global temperatures on the rise, reserves of ice in places like Greenland and Antarctica which usually melt in the warmer months and replenish in the winter, are experiencing a disproportionate amount melting at an accelerated rate.
All is not lost!
Coastal erosion is inevitable - homes in the UK are still going to flood on a more regular basis. But we are at a point where we can slow this process down. Which can help people prepare and minimise the damage.
Let’s build resilience
By coming together and expressing local and global concerns about the climate crisis, sea level rise and flooding, we can keep building resilience in local communities. This helps us to raise the government alarm and avoid people becoming climate refugees in their own country within the next 30 years.