This representation shows air traffic around the world.
You can see the number of airports that are located on the coast.
Businesses around the world use these airports to transport supplies—the things we all use everyday. These airports are used by our friends, neighbors, and family.
As the ocean rises, it will cover some of these airports, disrupting the entire system. And of course, it’s not just airports that are on the coast. Shipping, railroads, and other infrastructure that we all depend upon are there, too. Because we are all affected, we all have a stake in protecting the world’s coastlines, wherever they may be.
Sea level rise is already affecting many local ecosystems—and the human systems that depend on them. For example, tide gauges show that sea level rise in Baltimore has been nearly double the global average during the 20th century. In fact, experts predict that by 2050, the sea level will rise in Maryland by over 2 feet.
By emphasizing the global and human impacts of sea level rise, this “beat” in the narrative communicates that we all have a stake in this issue.