Jobs and climate

EDITOR: Given rising sea levels and the potential for a catastrophic impact on coastal communities, we need to think proactively.

The vast majority of scientists worldwide, including our own National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, acknowledge the significant increase in annual sea level since 1900. Climate Central, an independent nonprofit that displays graphical analyses of sea-level rise based on scientifically peer-reviewed research papers, projects a 100 percent likelihood for both Florida and New York to flood 5 feet above their high-tide lines by 2070.

Instead of fearing this reality, why don't we mobilize the workforce to prepare for it? We could let rigorously critiqued science inform our action and smile as we create thousands of jobs meant to renovate and restructure areas in danger.

Let's respond to this now and allow it to be a deeply meaningful source of work for a century. We can use industry to respond to our demanding, beautiful environment — and right now, we know sea levels will rise significantly.

Wouldn't that be good work? Wouldn't that foster trust and partnership between our research and labor communities? And wouldn't it feel great to know we are doing something absolutely necessary?