a reply to: tonycodes
The thing which no one seems to want to engage with at the moment, in my opinion, is that the argument as to what is causing the changes is not nearly
as important as being prepared to mitigate for them, get out ahead of them, begin the EXTREMELY extensive infrastructural modifications which are
required in order to future proof our nations against the changes incoming.
Britain, being as besieged by watery expanses on all sides as it is, will require enormous amounts of coastal flood defence, and my preference would
be to see the next one hundred and fifty years of potential sea level rise accounted for, by a project to be completed over the next fifty, involving
erecting defences of no less than twenty foot high at the lowest elevations facing the sea, not to mention being built to protect cliff faces from
even more severe erosion than they are already being exposed to. Project Canute, a possible working title for the program, should also involve river
flood defences comprising of enormously tall river sidings, to be applied the entire length of every large stream, tributary, canal, river, or other
route of flowing water. I am talking about a system of channels built up from the origin of every spring, to the edge of every estuary and river delta
in the land, to carry water safely and in a contained manner, from issuance, to the sea, without its spilling over the sides and drowning homeowners
and their property.
There are going to have to be solutions, is what I am saying, rather than new versions of old arguments, because while this argument over who caused
what, and why it is all happening, continues to rumble on without cessation, the problems which are coming up in the next little while, will go
unsolved, and this will be the ruin of whole societies unless mitigation plans come into effect. Submersible homes, tsunami proofing, tornado
proofing, hurricane proofing... These things need to come into existence yesterday, if we have any hope of surviving tomorrow. We need to get our
heads out of the sand, and think productively, rather than divisively about the problems we face, or all will be lost!