Journey to the Sinking Lands

A witness to the world's first evacuation of an entire people due to climate change

Atlantic Rising

I have to take my hat off to Atlantic Rising. This three-man team (actually two-man, one-woman), is also about to launch an expedition to highlight the effects of rising sea levels caused by global warming. Like myself they have received funding from the Royal Geographic Society (With IBG), although they were also given a Land Rover. Their proposed exbidition is also longer than mine, more ambitious and is deeply impressive.  I’ve also met one of the team. She was very nice.

In their own words:

“In June 2009 the project sets out on a ten month journey following the 1.5m contour line around the Atlantic rim [the projected height of sea level rise over the next century]. On this journey we will visit communities and schools, filming and holding workshops to build up a vast network of over 15,000 students, whose futures are threatened by sea level change.

This will give communities a huge collective voice to communicate what will be lost if we do not confront the challenge of climate change.”

 

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