Guest speaker Keren Prize Bolter, League Environmental Chair Stephanie Pearson and speaker Michael Antinelli at the Sea Level Rise forum Oct. 11.

Guest speaker Keren Prize Bolter, League Environmental Chair Stephanie Pearson and speaker Michael Antinelli at the Sea Level Rise forum Oct. 11.

The library had to bring out extra chairs as more than 80 people gathered to hear what Broward County can expect from sea level rise at a forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Broward County and Women’s March on Oct. 11.

After a weekend when many people in Broward had experienced flooding due to king tides, climate scientests Keren Prize Bolter, Ph.D. and Michael Antinelli explained that such flooding will become more common and more widespread in the coming years and decades due to rising sea levels.

“In 10 or 15 years, that could be happening every day during high tide,” Bolter said.

About 80 people attended the Sea Level Rise program at West Regional Library on Oct. 11.

About 80 people attended the Sea Level Rise program at West Regional Library on Oct. 11.

 

Bolter described it as “creeping change that is happening slowly over time” but is likely to reach a tipping point. That point, when sea level rise becomes a crisis, is hard to predict but could be due to a hurricane or a financial problem like the insurance market or an event we cannot anticipate.

Guest speakers Keren Prize Bolter andMichael Antinelli talk to attendees at the Sea Level Rise forum.

Guest speakers Keren Prize Bolter and Michael Antinelli talk to attendees at the Sea Level Rise forum.

Both speakers talked about the importance of individuals and communities taking the issue seriously and communicating ther concern about with their elected officials.

To join the League’s environmental team, contact Stephanie Pearson 954-328-5927.

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