Visualizing Sea-Level Rise @ McLaughlin Eastshore State Park
Join Citizens for East Shore Parks (CESP) to visualize sea-level rise at McLaughlin Eastshore State Park on Saturday, July 29, 2017.
We’re inviting the public to make a statement along the shoreline by marking off where the “new” shoreline will be with 2-meters of sea-level rise. Volunteers will hold up blue banners along the 2-meter sea-level rise mark to raise awareness about sea-level rise and call on public leaders to look to resilient shoreline solutions to mitigate sea-level rise.
The first Visualizing Sea-level Rise event was held in Jack London Oakland on April 22, 2017. Read more about this event in a write up from CSU East Bay’s The Pioneer newspaper: http://thepioneeronline.com/33621/metro/environmentalists-demonstrate-climate-change-in-oakland/.
When: Saturday, July 29, 2017 (stay for the Berkeley Kite Festival!), 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Where: McLaughlin Eastshore State Park. Meet at the intersection of University Ave. & Frontage Rd., in Berkeley.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1350853211657788/.
What is a Resilient Shoreline? A Resilient Shoreline relies on preserving and strengthening the natural shoreline, including expanded marshes, systems to address rising sea levels due to climate change, storm surges and King Tides.
Why a Resilient Shoreline?
CESP launched the Resilient Shoreline Program to raise awareness about climate change and the detrimental impacts of sea-level rise AND call on our public leaders to look to resilient shoreline solutions to mitigate sea-level rise which is predicted to come over the next several decades (Resilient Shoreline Program: www.resilientshoreline.org).
The April 2017 report, Rising Seas in California, authored by a Working Group of the California Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team convened by the California Ocean Science Trust highlights that before 2050 there doesn’t seem to be many differences between scientific sea-level rise projections, but after 2050, these projections increasingly depend upon the trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions, the most extreme of which is that ice sheet loss on Antarctica could drive rates of potential sea-level rise in California that could exceed 10-feet by the end of the century. We believe that now is the time for our public leaders to look to resilient shoreline solutions to mitigate sea-level rise.
Climate change adds urgency to increasing the amount of shoreline protected from development. Open space along the shoreline provides expanded opportunities to implement mitigation and larger-scale restoration efforts compared to areas with development abutting the shoreline. Adding marshes and other recommended natural shoreline is a major step in mitigating sea rise.