It’s clear the climate crisis is washing away an integral piece of our California life. Sea level rise, coastal flooding and erosion pose major threats to our state — where nearly 85% of people live and work in coastal counties such as San Francisco. Left unchecked, the climate crisis jeopardizes our health, homes, safety and economy. In San Francisco alone, for example, sea levels are projected to rise up to 55 inches by the end of the century. This increase could put nearly half a million people at risk of flooding and threaten $100 billion in property and infrastructure.
-Written by Amelia Fortgang, chair of the Bay Area Youth Climate Summit, a Youth Leadership Council member at EarthEcho, and a senior at Lick-Wilmerding High School.