Public Carbon Talks

High Tide on Main Street

High Tide on Main Street

July 22, 2013

A Carbon Talk with John Englander on rising sea levels and the coming coastal crisis.

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Rising sea level is of particular importance to coastal communities like those that make up Metro Vancouver.  Join Carbon Talks and oceanographer and author John Englander, to discuss sea level rise, its economic and geographic impacts, and how we can intelligently adapt our communities.

John Englander is an oceanographer and global ocean explorer with expeditions under the polar ice cap, deep dives in research submarines and visits to Greenland and Antarctica. High Tide On Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis, his new book, was released on October 22, 2012, one week before Hurricane Sandy. It described just such an event hitting New York City as an example of what might occur.

Englander is now President of the Sea Level Institute, working with businesses, government agencies, and communities to understand the financial risks as increasing severe storms and long term sea level rise challenge us to adapt to a shoreline that will move inland for centuries. For over 30 years, Englander has been a leader in both the private sector and the non-profit arena, serving as CEO for such noteworthy organizations as The Cousteau Society and The International SeaKeepers Society. This event is in partnership with the SFU Adaptation to Climate Change Team and is supported by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

(Icon photo courtesy of go_greener_oz/Flickr)