Hurricane Florence: over 1m ordered to evacuate in Virginia and Carolinas

Hurricane Florence, yet another storm of a lifetime is barrelling in from the super charged, extra warm Atlantic

I’m just going to say it. The NWS is calling #Florence “the storm of a lifetime”.

If you live on the NC/SC coast, tomorrow is your last chance to leave.

Go. Please. Guys, please, do not mess with this storm. If you have loved ones there, call them now.

When North Carolina got bad news about what its coast could look like thanks to climate change, it chose to ignore it.

In 2012, the state now in the path of Hurricane Florence reacted to a prediction by its Coastal Resources Commission that sea levels could rise by 39in over the next century by passing a law that banned policies based on such forecasts.

The legislation drew ridicule, including a mocking segment by comedian Stephen Colbert, who said: “If your science gives you a result you don’t like, pass a law saying the result is illegal. Problem solved.”

North Carolina has a long, low-lying coastline and is considered one of the US areas most vulnerable to rising sea levels.

Of course the wider point is that we all need to consider how we can begin to brace ourselves from the shocks and challenges we know are coming our way. It is not just an ecological storm from climate change but an economic storm that is heading our way.

For those of us who dont wan to put our heads in the sand and want to build responses to the inevitable storm that is coming then I think we should talk. I cant but help think we really ought to be talking about this a whole lot more and the this is the central proposition for the One School One Planet project. Education must prepare the next generation to better to help them deal with new realities.

One School One Planet is a three year project investigating our community response to the unfolding ecological crisis that is climate change. Inaction at the highest levels of Government and commerce and banking put a huge emphasis on the grass roots to set and lead on the climate change response agenda.

One School One Planet produced this short video almost exactly a year ago when a similar once in a 1000 year storm had just hit Houston Texas now as we wait to hear of news of Florence hitting this year it seems more relevant than ever.

Short and to the point the  1.27 second video outlines the scale of the challenge that we face and a clear and easy to understand way.

The One School One Planet Podcast is an investigation of the fertile edges and new creativity that must be bought about as a result of the need for us all to adapt, evolve and grow to formulate and action meaningful responses that will get us through this. Please come and take part if you can or if not tune from where ever you. This Thursday!

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