Our ocean and coasts are under siege due to climate change. Extreme weather events, sea level rise, and ocean acidification are putting our coastlines at risk, impacting everything from beach-going to ocean recreation. Climate change impacts are also increasingly taking a devastating toll on coastal economies and local communities.
By 2050, scientists estimate that 90% of coral reefs will die from ocean warming and acidification due to climate change. Modeling predicts that three feet of sea level rise will completely wipe out 87% of California’s best surf breaks. In addition, warming water temperatures from climate change will produce more harmful algae blooms, resulting in closed beaches, killed wildlife, and severe illnesses to surfers and swimmers.
The impacts of climate change are already being felt today, from irregular heat waves to deluges—and like most environmental degradation, low-income, Black, Brown, Indigenous, people of color, and other already disadvantaged communities are impacted harder and first.