Coastal Erosion.

 

How Climate Change is Changing Our Landscape.

Climate change and global warming is having a negative impact on this big blue marble that we call home. Ocean levels are rising, inundating low lying landmasses, and in some instances rendering uninhabitable areas that have been populated by humans for centuries. Far away in the Pacific Ocean Archipelago of the Solomon Islands researchers have found that sea levels have risen so significantly in the last two decades, that up to six traditionally inhabited islands have had large swaths of land washed into the sea, and on at least two of those, entire villages were destroyed forcing its longtime residents to relocate to higher ground, and in some instances to other islands.

In Antartica, glaciers kilometers deep are literally breaking apart as we have experienced recently, where an iceberg about the size of, or appreciably larger than the area of the islands of Trinidad  and Tobago circa, 5,131 km², split off from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf in July of 2017. Scientists believe that the new iceberg would not immediately raise sea levels, but an eventual impact would be felt at a very modest rate,

The dramatic impacts of climate change on coastlines globally can be seen all around the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. On the East Coast of Manzanilla, where a thriving village of fisherfolk once existed at the northern end of Cocos Bay (Manzanilla Beach), The Atlantic Ocean now calls its own, at low tide. Artisan fishermen have been forced to dock their boats further into the tidal mangrove estuary of the El Branche River, as the physical infrastructure that once existed and supported their livelihood has disappeared, forcing families to relocate to higher ground. Further along the east coast southward to Mayaro, coconut trees that once swayed mightily in the wind providing shade and picnic grounds for weekend beach lovers now lie rotting in the surf sweeping in from The Atlantic, their upturned fibrous roots excavated by the ever rising levels of the ocean, on a shrinking shoreline effectively destroying the nesting grounds of a variety of sea turtles, further evidence of climate change.

At Morin Bay, rising sea levels is having a disastrous impact on the coastline as is evidenced in our video . The Morin Bay Conservation Trust is committed to raising awareness to this global disaster, and initiate action to stem the destructive impact of climate change and global warming  on our landscape, as our coastline is constantly being eroded, destroying flora, threatening fauna and robbing humans of traditional places of relaxation.

 

 

 

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