Winter, Cavendish National Park, PEI, Canada
Prince Edward Island (PEI) is Canada’s smallest province. It has been identified as one of the most vulnerable areas in
the country to rising sea levels. Although PEI is responsible for just 0.3% of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, rising seas and storm surges are already damaging residences, flooding roads and destroying coastlines.
Future sea level rise is inevitable. On our current greenhouse gas emissions pathway we will see sea levels rise by around 1.2m by 2100. This number doesn’t include the already-occumng melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. If these sheets melt completely in coming centuries, it would send sea levels up 66m.
Even the modest global warming already ‘locked in’ will lead to dangerous sea level rise. Severe, unchecked warming would lead to a rise that is globally catastrophic, affecting not only islands like PEI, but coastal cities like New York and countries like The Netherlands. What we do today to mitigate climate change will have huge implications on the sea
level rise that future generations will have to deal with.