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With the mid-term elections behind us, artist Xavier Cortada suggests we talk openly and honestly with each other about a threat we all face in a state surrounded by water: sea level rise. We need to find a way to come together to solve the problem to protect the environment.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, South Florida’s sea level could be 3 feet higher by 2060 and as much as 8 feet by 2100. In the past century, the sea has risen 9 inches in Key West. So the trend is clear.

But there are other things homeowners need to worry about even before the water begins to lap at our doorsteps: flood insurance costs, property devaluation, contamination of clean drinking water with salt water intrusion. A warmer climate will affect agricultural productivity and usher in tropical diseases. Warmer waters will also affect marine ecosystems, making us more vulnerable to algal blooms.

If you want to make a stand, Cortada suggests to take your campaign yard sign on your front lawn, paint it white, and draw the number of your property’s elevation on the right side of the sign. Then, paint a squiggly line across the bottom of the sign in blue to represent the rising seas.

You can then take a photo of the sign in your front yard (showing your home in the background), visit the @UnderwaterHOA page on Facebook and “Like” the page. Post your photo and use the hashtag #UnderwaterHOA.

With the help of science partners at FIU, Cortada has created awareness about the impact of sea level rise. To learn more about this effort, visit UnderwaterHOA. 

You can read the full article on the Miami Herald.