The Earth is warming rapidly and it’s affecting everyone. As the Earth gets warmer the large ice sheets melt and the sea levels rise, two major effects of climate change. As ice sheets and glaciers melt, they increase the amount of water in the oceans. Sea level rise around the world is accelerating year after year. As air temperatures rise due to global warming, the water in the oceans is warmed and expands. While this heat transfer is a natural process, it is being intensified by human activity. It is important to understand that if global warming continues, we can expect a large rise in sea level. As water warms, it expands. This expansion has been a major driver of sea-level rise, with another component from melting land-based glaciers and ice sheets. Also, sea-level rise is contributing to more extensive coastal flooding during storms. One warning from the Union of Concerned Scientists: ”Global sea level is rising—and at an accelerating rate—largely in response to global warming. The global average rise has been about eight inches since the Industrial Revolution. Many U.S. cities have seen much higher increases in sea level.” The main cause: “human activities such as burning coal and oil and cutting down tropical forests increase atmospheric concentrations of heat-trapping gases. The result is that the planet has already warmed by 1.4°F since 1880 (Hansen et al. 2010).” Sea level rise is not an imagined process and global warming is not a hoax, both are established fact. If higher sea level continues it would cause serious impacts in the future. The time for action is now, our planet is changing, and we are on it.