Coastal trails, hiking and sea level rise

Living, walking and making trails along rising oceans

Text and drawings by Frits Ahlefeldt

Sea level rise is considered one of the most underestimated threats to our global reality. Around 40% of the world’s human population live within 100km. (62 miles) from the sea. And with an estimated sea level rise up to 2m. ( the height of a tall person) many areas could soon be either under sea water or flooded much more often as climate change is also projected to both make storms and sea surges larger and happening more often

Walking can help us face both climate change and sea level rise

Walking along the sea is good for our health and thrive. But it might also be much better for the environment and also help us face sea level rise in better and more prepared ways.

Hiking walking as a gigantic hand comes out of the sea towards a city and him. illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
Can coastal hiking help us prepare for rising sea levels and climate change?