We all view water as being one of the most essential factors for survival, the reason for this is because we can only sustain being without it for about two weeks. However what if this same water was surrounding you and little by little gaining height and potentially threatening your ability to breath? One way to escape from this would be to tread water, but for how long? We are living in a world where this is happening and no, it is not a hoax made up by the Chinese. Rising sea levels are threatening coastal areas with devastating floods, destructive erosion, and massive agricultural soil contamination, not to mention the loss of habitat for fish, birds, and plants.
The cause of this is what we call Global warming. The continuous burning of fossil fuel and the interaction of humans disrupting Mother Nature has accelerated the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere trapping heat and causing the temperature of the earth’s surface to rise. The worst part is that the earth’s ocean absorbs 80% of the heat that is trapped and causes the melting of glaciers around the earth. At this rate, we are allowing the ocean to rise, and we can predict that within a century Greenland’s ice-sheet will be completely melted and London completely submerged under the most essential element we need for survival. Although our federal government may not support the Paris agreement, many states have pledged to keep their promise and reach their accord. NYC my current place of residence, is in one of those states, (New York State) and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is making agencies take action on recycling, energy consumption, waste management, and carbon neutrality.