The topic of sea levels rising has been the controversial subject of a lot of debate over the past several years. Everyone from the political world to the scientific world has attempted to find the answer of what is happening with sea levels, why it is happening and how much money to spend on answering these questions and finding a solution. Everyone wants to figure out the cause of the sea level rising and the answer to the debate on whether it is a product of our actions or simply the earth’s natural trend. But when it comes to the people who live near coastlines, the why of sea level rise should not matter as much as the fact that sea level is indeed rising and their homes and lifestyle could be underwater soon. Everyone in coastal communities should be more concerned about this than they are because it is happening now and it is happening fast.
Sea level rise is a serious issue regardless of the source of its problem. Globally, the sea has risen eight inches since 1880 and even more in certain cities along the United States Atlantic coast. It has risen over 17 inches in New York City since 1856, 13 inches in Baltimore since 1902, and ten inches in Boston in less than a century. This trend it going to be a big problem for people living along the coast soon because there is no end in sight (Levin). It is already an issue in coastal areas during extreme high tides. Two times every month, during the new and full moon, gravitational pull from the sun and the moon combine to make high tide even higher than usual. Back in 1970, these tides were not a huge issue most of the time for coastal towns, but today is a different story. The times that these extreme high tides have created flooding issues in coastal communities have quadrupled since 1970. This is and will continue to be a huge issue for these coastal societies.
We as a society need to stop being as concerned about the source of rising seawater and be more concerned about the fact that sea level is actually rising. People living in coastal cities, especially New Orleans, really need to be more worried about their home and streets getting drowned in the rising water levels. They cannot simply wait around for natural or technological fix. Whatever the reason for not worrying about it, whether it is denial of it actually happening or thinking it will not happen for a long time, there needs to be some sort of solution or plan because the sea level is rising and we will not be able to stop it any time soon.