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Film on Coastal Climate Change to be Screened at Brick Library

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A breach in northern Ocean County's barrier island during Superstorm Sandy, Oct. 2012. (Credit: FEMA)
A breach in northern Ocean County’s barrier island during Superstorm Sandy, Oct. 2012. (Credit: FEMA)

Adaptation Now, a documentary project sharing the stories of the communities dealing with the leading edge of climate change, will be screened at the Brick branch of the Ocean County Library next month.

“We will give a voice to coastal cities inundated by rising seas; homeowners waking up to flooded living rooms; fishermen coping with the change of fishing patterns; and people everywhere dealing with radical changes in weather patterns; and to the everyday climate heroes working to give us hope,” said Mary Demarest-Paraan, organizer of the screening.

Diogo Freire, filmaker behind Facing the Surge, is hosting an East Coast screening tour to raise awareness about the “immediate impacts of sea level rise and inspire action among coastal communities.”

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The screening of the film will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.


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  • Surfrider

    Where I grew up at the shore in Normandy, the shoreline appears to be exactly the same as when I was a kid 60 years ago. The low, mean, and high tides with all the celestial affects still seem the same to me. Sure, Sandy kicked our butts, along with many other storms over the last century, but when things are “normal”, the ocean seems to be where it has been all these years. That is simple testimony from a simple human visual experience, and that is why it is a tough “sell” of the rising seas along the Jersey coast. Especially by a “new” young film maker out of Harvard Business School, whose father is a film maker….

    • Mike Morton

      While an inch or two of sea level rise might not be obvious to the human eye on a normal day it can be quite devastating when combined with a storm like Sandy (or Matthew which hopefully steers clear of us later this week). Here is what scientists from Rutgers have to say:

      ” In the 20th century, sea level rose by 12 inches at bedrock locations
      (Bayonne, Trenton, and Camden). Along the Jersey shore from Sandy
      Hook to Cape May, it rose an additional four inches due to compaction of
      sediments caused by natural effects and groundwater withdrawal. There is
      a 95% probability that the 20th century rate of sea-level rise along the
      New Jersey shore was faster than it was in any century in the last 4,000
      years.”

      I really don’t see what the age of the filmmaker or his father’s occupation has to do with the quality of the documentary as long as it sticks to facts. Why don’t you come on Tuesday night and see for yourself.

  • Michael Gerrity

    Could you kindly recheck the date of the screening of this important documentary. The article states Friday, October 4. Thank-you.

    • Mike Morton

      Its actually Tuesday, October 4th at 7PM.

  • Michael Gerrity

    Sea level rise has been scientifically validated along with climate change. Water distribution in the form of precipitation has also shifted and will very likely continue resulting in unexpected consequences for folks along the coastal barrier.

    While I cannot speak to the credentials or knowledge of the filmmaker, his message is apt. Residents of the barrier island need to adapt to a shifting climate and its associated impacts. Working together, with a desire to understand the uncontrollable forces of nature, we can all continue to enjoy the shore while preparing it for future generations. In so doing, we will create opportunities for responsible growth and value added jobs.

  • Surfrider

    I am planning on attending, I truly find it interesting! I was just merely commenting that Diogo is a management consultant (nice general profession out of Harvard Bussiness School), before turning to his new passion a few years ago to enlightening us all on one of natures courses and pending disasters. Something that has scientists somewhat stumped, as to making accurate forecasts. Hell, anyone living on the water, whether ocean or back bay, will be out of here, because of current tax burdens rising faster then the flood waters, long before the land floods constantly! Just a little humor! See ya at the showing!

    • Mike Morton

      Great! I’m afraid you’re right about the ocean and back bay areas and the future problems with our tax base. To see what the effect of sea level rise may have all you need to do is input Brick NJ into the “risk zone map” on this website: http://sealevel.climatecentral.org/ . Its eye-opening to say the least.

  • jo jo ormaz

    A lot of good information here and a lot to think about in the years to come. They are already workinig on plans in Florida where we go. Florida is planning off shore barrier islands, sea walls, folld gate and how to move thousands of people north out of the keys and Miami areas over the next 25 – 50 years.