Saturday, November 16, 2013

#DrownYourIsland Micronesia

Fina Sisu could be oceanfront property in 100 years
Last September I attended the Pacific Islands Forum held in the Marshall Islands, a country whose highest point in its 1.9 million square kilometer territory is a three meter high bridge connecting two islands on the atoll of Majuro.  The theme of the meeting was Marshaling a Response to Climate Change, the result being a Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership.

One of the major threats of climate change is sea level rise.  I am not an expert on climate change, nor do I consider myself one of its crusaders, but according to this National Geographic website, the worst case scenario for climate change is a seven meter rise in sea levels (not to mention stronger storms and the acidity of the ocean).

Majuro and the rest of the Marshall Islands would be completely submerged if sea levels rose 7 meters.
If this worst case scenario were to occur, Majuro and the tens of thousands of people living there would go under.  Using Google Earth I've created several maps for a few islands in Micronesia I've been to including Pohnpei, Chuuk, Rota, Tinian, and Ebeye.  I've posted them all to Facebook.

The evil genius behind this technology is fellow blogger Andrew Thaler over at Southern Fried Science.  I've called it #DrownYourIsland, but Andrew calls it #DrownYourTown (You can search the hashtag #DrownYourTown to see havoc wrecked all across the planet).  He's got simple instructions on his blog on how to drown your own town, and if you want to know why this matters you can read about it in Scientific American and Salon.

Tweet or Facebook me your island and I'll drown it, or make suggestions in the comments section of this blog.  I'll post the results to Facebook.

Maybe I won't buy that house in Soutwest
As a bonus I went ahead and drowned Washington, DC, my current village, up to seven meters.  Goods news is that even though my apartment building will flood, I live on the third floor and my stuff will stay dry.  Bad news is I'll have to swim to work.

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