The drastic effect of climate change does not choose any country, from third to first world.
An entire town in US has experienced this effect, Isle de Jean Charles, a small island in southeastern Louisiana’s bayous, is drowning as the Gulf of Mexico rises.
As of now, there were only twenty-nine homes remain, housing 100 people, but they are all being relocated because the flooding is unstoppable.
In 1955, the island has already lost 98% of its land, making it one of the most visible victims of climate change — so far. The residents can either leave their homes or die in them, and they are leaving.
“Now there’s just a little strip of land left,” resident Rita Falgout told Quartz. “That’s all we have. There’s water all around us. I’m anxious to go.”
Due to the continuous sinking of the town, National and Local government has already evacuated residents of places like Isle de Jean Charles, they are giving a chance to relocate through the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), a program organized by the federal government.
The goal of the program is to help states and communities recover from disasters and lower risks from future disasters. However, the looming threats from climate change are growing, and affecting more and more communities; Louisiana alone is losing the equivalent of one football field’s worth of land every hour.
Data shows that climate change is affecting larger coastal areas in the U.S., from Alaska down to Florida and Louisiana. Climate-induced migration is now a concrete reality for citizens of our country, not an abstract idea for politicians to talk about.
According to a research from a March 2016 study indicates that collapsing polar ice caps are likely to cause sea levels to rise by 6 feet (1.8 meters) by 2100; this will in turn force at least 13.1 million Americans living in coastal areas to become homeless.
Furthermore, the study also said that a less drastic rise of 3 feet would leave at least 4 million homeless.