Visualizing Sea-level Rise Event Recap

The image above was created by GROUNDWORKS Office. It shows the shoreline at Oakland’s Jack London Square with 2-meters (approx. 6 feet) of sea-level rise.

On Earth Day 2017 volunteers gathered together for CESP’s first Visualizing Sea-level Rise event. Together we held fabric panels along the 2-meter sea-level rise mark to raise awareness about climate change and to “visualize” sea-level rise along Oakland’s waterfront. The event engaged approximately 30 volunteers and was featured on 4 media outlets, KGO-TV, NBC Bay Area, The Pioneer (CSU East Bay newspaper) and KPFA-FM.

  • Click here for the KPFA-FM newscast; Robert Cheasty’s interview begins at 9 minutes and 51 seconds.
  • Click here for The Pioneer article: Environmentalists demonstrate climate change in Oakland.

Special thanks to speakers:

Robert Cheasty, Executive Director, CESP
Jeremy Lowe, Sr. Environmental Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute
Mary Nicely, District Director, Office of Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
Shirley Dean, Board President, CESP

Special thanks to sponsors:

Helen Burke
Alan Carlton
Patricia Jones
Doris Sloan
Roberta Wyn

and A Special Gift in Memory of Sylvia McLaughlin

Special thanks to volunteers who helped make this event happen:

Event prep, organizing, and coordination:
Marge Atkinson
Helen Burke
Shirley Dean
Sally Douglas Arce
David Hurlbut
David Isler
Patricia Jones
Tony Sustak
Overall event guidance:
The CESP Resilient Shoreline Committee

Visualizing Sea-level Rise Photo Recap

Volunteers gathered at 333 Broadway (Jack London Improvement District parking lot). Robert Cheasty addressed the crowd.
Photo by Cameron Wilson.
Mary Nicely, District Director, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond’s Office, addressed the crowd.
Photo by Cameron Wilson.
Jeremy Lowe, Sr. Environmental Scientist (not pictured) and Shirley Dean Board President, CESP (pictured below, far right) addressed the crowd. Some volunteers held pennants.
Photo by Cameron Wilson.
The group moved to 2nd and Broadway, where the “new shoreline” would reach to with 2-meters (~6ft) of sea-level rise.
Photo by Wayne Miller.
Volunteers lined up in order, revealing the message “Your new shoreline at 2-meters”. The panels stretched along 2nd Street across the Broadway intersection.
Photo by Wayne Miller.
Here’s another view of the panels lined up on 2nd St.
Photo by Robert Cheasty.
Volunteers assembled one last time in Jack London Square at the foot of Broadway.
Photo by Robert Cheasty.
What’s Next?
CESP will host additional Visualizing Sea-level Rise events this year:
  • Summer 2017 date TBD
  • During the North Richmond Shoreline Festival, Saturday, October 7, Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline Park.
Thank you for supporting CESP’s first Visualizing Sea-level Rise event! We look forward to seeing you at the next one.