Rising Sea Levels

Earth – 2021. The ever-proliferating consumption culture birthed in the Western world is now international, spreading like a pandemic to every developed nation. Instant gratification is a culture people are accustomed to internationally; commonplace are the expectations of next-day shipping, single-use plastics, and usable energy via unsustainable sources. These modern conveniences come at the expense of the only place that we know to sustain life for us, this blue marble in the Milky Way we call Earth.

With our ever-preoccupied lives, little do we reflect upon the fact that placing an order on Amazon for the next cheap gadget or gizmo that we have convinced ourselves that we need, by tomorrow, creates a chain reaction that exponentially accelerates the suffering we will face if no solution is implemented. First, we enable the supply chain to continue pursuing their own profit motive – solely monetary, with no regard to ecological prosperity – by funding the lowest bidder to recklessly produce more of that gadget or gizmo we so desire. Second, addends and multipliers are introduced to the equation that is the greenhouse gases used by the planes, trains, boats, and trucks to get us our products. In recent history, there has been no effective solution to subtract and divide from the final answer to that equation. Lastly, when we receive that gadget or gizmo, we discard the packaging it arrived in with little regard to how it could be processed, or completely recycled. Furthermore, what happens if what we bought breaks? Where do we send that? No matter where we send it, the environment ultimately pays the price.

Evidence in the last decade points to the environmental impact of the everyday convenience the modern world takes for granted. For example, because of climate change, the West Antarctic Ice Shelf is at risk of collapsing if we do not prevent global average warming from exceeding 2 degrees Celsius with respect to pre-industrial times (2). With unmitigated emissions from rapid manufacturing, in conjunction with ocean-level disrupting activities such as groundwater extraction, urbanization, tectonics, and river delta sedimentation, we can expect, by 2100, for sea levels to rise 1,8m, or about 6 feet (3). What does this entail? Coastal cities, internationally, along with cities one would not expect, will be gravely affected. An urgent example is Shanghai, China. By 2050, even, predictions demonstrate that it, along with cities around it will become flooded (5). Furthermore, Houston, Texas will be completely inundated by any tropical storm due to groundwater pumping (4).

According to Columbia University, 40% of the world presently lives within 100 miles of coastline. With the number of ever-increasing pollutants in our seas, something must be done to improve the quality of life for more than 3 billion people. This is why, at Aquari, we adamantly care about the well-being of our planet. By simply using our currency, you ensure the longevity and sustainability of our only home. With our short-term goals of cleaning smaller bodies of water with a percentage of our currency, we intend on focusing our efforts towards any environmental cause to undo the negative effects of industrialization as we’ve come to know it. By establishing a profit motive to restoring the environment and ensuring sustainability, every person on Earth shall find incentive in investing in our cause.