Saturday 21 September 08:54 PM
When we first drove down this road into the Outer Banks I was shocked. The whole island is a thin strip of land with Atlantic Ocean on one side and the sound (more water) on the other. I couldn't help but notice how fragile it looked, especially after worrying about our beach erosion problems in Hawaii! Hurricane Dorian just passed through a week before the comp, (and last year Florence hit right on our competition dates so we couldn't come). Being here now I can see how resilient this community is, and I can't imagine the storms they've faced.
But I also know extreme weather events are becoming more common, while sea levels are rising. Yes, the coast is supposed to erode and change. But human inflicted global warming has dramatically increased pressure on the land to do so, while our development keeps the land from naturally migrating and adapting. Roads and houses will be more frequently flooded, and it's right in front of our eyes in a place like this.
It's clear that the community here and all along the east coast love this special place for surfing, kiting, fishing, etc., and loss of recreational beaches is only one effect of climate change. And this is happening everywhere. Let's listen to nature, let's listen to science, let's get climate deniers out of government. Text CLIMATE to 71333 to tell them we want change. 📲 If it's about money, "There is no wealth on a dead planet." 🌎🌿💦
Ps. There weren't any climate strikes in Cape Hatteras but I was so inspired by the millions standing up across the world and wanted to join in some way! 🙌🏼 #climatestrike