Beyond global warming

Whether you believe in global warming or not the one thing we can all agree on is we have people living in areas they have no business living in. Taking it a step further, we have trillions of dollars invested in areas we have no business investing in.

I have written on several occasions about my experience with Hurricane Hugo which hit the South Carolina coast 28 years ago. I traveled to Charleston a week after Hugo made landfall and saw the devastation first hand. My great-uncle owned a home in Garden City which was lifted off its foundation and deposited four blocks away in a lake. The house across the street from my in-laws beach house exploded from the inside out. McClellanville, SC where the eye of the storm came onshore looked like it had been hit by the Mother of All Bombs.

I remember thinking then that there was no way this area would ever look the same, I was wrong. Except for the posters you can still buy in the gift shops, 28 years later you would never know Hugo even existed.

What lessons do we learn from natural disasters like Hugo, Katrina and now Harvey? Few that are meaningful. Rather than reviewing where people should live, the focus is typically on building standards. I would say that Charleston, SC has expanded ten fold since Hugo. Houses that were destroyed along the beach were rebuilt bigger and grander than before even as the ocean now laps at their foundations.

Here is the one thing I am sure about, the Hugo’s, the Katrina’s and the Harvey’s are going to keep coming. And what will we do? Let the storms tear us down and then we just build it back up again, and again. We all know what the definition of insanity is, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. This is certainly the definition of insanity. When will we learn? What will it take?

I don’t want to dump on Trump, okay maybe just a little, but we all know that he is not the “environmentally friendly” President or apparently the smartest President. He proved that again recently when he rescinded a life-saving Obama-era rule that required federally funded infrastructure like schools, housing, and highways to be better able to withstand flood damage. Whats the definition of insanity?

Tragedies like Houston, and New Orleans aren’t going to go away they are just going to move to Pensacola, Miami, Jacksonville, and Norfolk. Maybe they won’t happen every year, maybe they won’t happen every five years, but they are going to continue to happen. And as the oceans get warmer, and the waters rise because the ice caps are melting, and the coastal communities continue to grow with more houses and more people it is going to get worse, much worse.



About ends and beginnings blog

I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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16 Responses to Beyond global warming

  1. bigdaddy1991 says:

    Agreed! I’m not necessarily a believer in global warming per se but I do believe it’s insane to keep rebuilding in these spots. Great post!

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  2. Scottie says:

    Humanity is an interesting animal. Other animals adapt to their environment / habitat. Humans change their environment / habitat. I live in Florida. As retirement approaches for my other half we are looking for a move that we will safely live out the rest of our lives. Florida where we live will be underwater within a decade their abouts. I wonder if others take the environment or climate change as one of the factors when they move to places. Hugs

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  3. Nan says:

    When the global warming catastrophes hit the coastal communities of the rich and famous, changes will be considered. Until then, who really cares about all the po’ folk that live along the shores of the southern states?

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    • William Tell says:

      Odd that that’s the first comment I saw when I clicked on my e-mail “comment” button. Actually, this is an issue already. Some years ago, when I worked awhile at the Maryland Insurance Administration, one of the true scandals we dealt with went like this: Some of these super-rich people build their palaces in places where they cannot possibly get any insurance; and when the storm comes and wipes the palaces away, insist that THE FEDS empower them to rebuild — a like palace, in the like place. And they do it again and again.

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  5. Completely agree! Your message about the term insanity actually struck a cord with me. I am currently campaigning to generate greater awareness around how climate change is impacting each and every one of us personally. Something that has come up time and time again as I continue to write my blogs is that we are all essentially playing a large role in our own demise. While some of us choose to remain ignorant to what is actually happening in the world, the rest of us are aware, and yet, what are we actually doing to help? I can’t speak on behalf of everyone, but I know that I am even guilty of these actions myself – like driving a car everyday or forgetting to recycle. I actually recently wrote a blog post about the effects of Hurricane Irma and how these kinds of storms are only growing more repetitive by the day. Feel free to check it out.


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