How will we choose as the sea rises?
“…climate change has certainly made things interesting. How will we choose, as the sea rises, which cultural sites we save? How do we decide that the next site for the giant sequoias is hundreds of miles north? Are those warblers here for the first time treated as exotics? These are difficult questions. More than the future of the national parks hangs in the balance, but I am confident that the NPS will play a critical role.” -J. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service
While you’ll be hard pressed to find a sequoia in Hawaii, Guam, or American Samoa, the same issues are affecting our islands. As sea level rises, mangroves move inland only to collide with with roads and buildings. Historical coastal settlments are in danger of eroding into the sea as more intense storms surge. Hawaii’s native honeycreepers are inching higher and higher upslope to escape mosquitos as the air warms. The list goes on.
To learn more about climate change in the Pacific islands and how the NPS is responding, please take some time to download the Pacific Island Network Climate Change Special.