A U.S. Senator designated the place as ground zero, in terms of its growing vulnerability to the combined hazards of storm surge and sea level rise. Scientists and experts continue to offer research findings and data confirming the high risk this region faces.
I am speaking of Southeast Florida or what many people from others states or countries simply call Miami.
I believe the photo below, taken from the International Space Station, clearly illustrates the insular nature of the area. A rather large urban environment at the water’s edge, surrounded and crisscrossed by water.
This is our beautiful paradise, warm, friendly, multicultural, international, a magnet for many worldwide, and oh so vulnerable to hurricanes, coastal flooding, storm surge, wave impacts and the continuously persistent, inexorable and exacerbating factor of sea level rise.
How long can we go on enjoying this paradise by just talking about sustainability, adaptation and resilience, but without taking action to protect it?
Think regional protection!