I just returned from visiting family (our kids) in NYC for the weekend. Flying in, this thread came to mind as I watched countless homes and lives below just a few feet from the HW mark.
Coming from our bold high coast line, it's easy to forget how much of the world is effected by and inch - a 10th of an inch - of sea level rise.
And coming from an age old state (Maine), being in Brooklyn and Manhattan, I'm always struck by how young the rest of the world is.
Walking around with our kids I mentioned some of the most recent CC reports (factual, journalism) and asked what they were thinking.
"Scares me to death", was the reply. No silver bullets coming from their gen. But they have grown up in this nightmare and are living with it, always in mind. You can see them making the changes that are so controversial to the older gen. Not making changes isn't in their thinking.
Finally, I asked if they have any friends that doubt climate science and our hand in the problem.
I could see from their reaction that this was an absurd question. They are painfully aware of the politics of CC, but my generation owns that absurd political side.
Our relics in DC, especially the denier ignorance, are quickly passing history in their eyes. The world is young and making changes, without the old guard in DC.
What a great trip! NYC is always an eye opener for me, the people, the food! Some Brooklyn art I loved.