a reply to: badw0lf
Its not just about buying boats.
Major cities tend to spring up in close proximity to either the sea, rivers, or both. The simple reason for this, is that back in the days of yore,
it was easier to survive if you could fish and have a good clean source of water to live off of. Then, people figured out how to make big boats,
called them ships, then started sailing them all over Gods green creation. At this point, cities got bigger, because they could buy in materials and
goods from trading ships, which they would sail up and down big rivers, and to harbour cities.
Many of these large, ocean facing or river situated cities began to have shipwrights, chandlers yards and ship yards spring up, so as they could make
and repair ships too. Pretty soon, these big cities, where they once relied on fishing and so on, began to rely also on trade, and warehouses,
distribution systems sprung up. As the cities became more businesslike and wealthy, as a result of their situation near the sea, or rivers, or both
and their access to the benefits of shipping, they grew, as more and more people wanted to take a slice of the action, escape the rural decline.
Now, these cities, while they may still have some of their old fishing, shipping and trade connections in place, are also highly cosmopolitan places,
where most people living there have nothing to do with the major industries which used to support them. Miami is right by the sea, but the majority of
its citizens do not work with or in the ocean.
You have resources in these major cities now which cannot be upped and moved elsewhere without huge expense, and some of those resources are just
immovable from a practical point of view, regardless of cost.
So sea level rise is not just about individuals getting boats or jet skis. Everything from the housing available in these locations, to the borders
of towns and cities themselves, needs to be modified to cope with the change in sea level and the intensity of hurricanes, either individually, or in
groups. If these cities are to remain, if people are not going to have to totally abandon the coastlines and river basins which have been home to
commerce centres and moments of historical significance, then sea walls of enormous size will have to be erected, land reclaimed from the sea in a
similar fashion to the manner in which the Dutch reclaimed a massive amount of land from the sea, which is protected by dikes, to keep the water out.
If these things are going to happen at all, the work needs doing NOW, BEFORE sea level rise becomes more of a challenge than it already is. Towns and
cities in America, including Miami, have already had to make major infrastructural changes to cope with a rising sea level, but those changes, limited
as they were by the unwillingess of science deniers to accept the problem, or its scale, or the speed of change or any other thing about the sea
level, are stop gap in scale, at best. What is needed is major investment, which will result in all habitations, cities, towns and villages on the sea
or around river basins, protected by infrastructural development, reclaiming works as mentioned above, among other things.
This will be an effort which will make many civil engineering feats in history, look like nothing at all, because the scale of the problem is so
vast. To put it simply, a wall on the US/Mexico border is pointless... A sea wall and land reclamation effort however, is necessary, if these coastal
cities are going to remain viable and habitable for the next hundred and fifty, to two hundred years, leave alone beyond that. Its a major problem, so
armbands and boogie boards, jet skis and little speed boats are not going to be a long term solution.