The surge of coastal tourism, development projects in low-lying communities, the increased dumping of garbage and sewage into the sea, and predictions around rising sea levels and storms are all threatening our shorelines.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy in the U.S, Cylcone Aila in India and Bangladesh, and Cyclone Pam in the South Pacific, a growing number of people are coming to the realization that many coastal communities are in danger of being flooded or even underwater by the end of this century.

In the upcoming years, we will begin to see increasing displacement and some low-lying island nations such as Kiribati may no longer exist at all. Tensions around how to plan for the future and who should be involved are expected to increase over the next few years for both islands and cities. The Shore Line will explore who is most vulnerable and what solutions are emerging in the face of sea level rise and other climate disruptions.

This documentary media project will bring together over 50 profiles of students, scientists, planners, teachers, activists, and artists from all around the world. Inspired by groups such as Displacement Solutions, we are profiling individuals and groups from Chittagong (Bangladesh) and GunaYala (Panama) who are taking the lead in planning for climate displacement. Motivated by the work of 100 Resilient Cities, we are visiting places like Long Beach Island (U.S.A) and Vancouver (Canada) to see how communities are responding to and planning for disasters. We are profiling youth activists, teachers and collectives from the Sundarbans (India) and Chame (Panama) who are planting trees and developing new literacies to guide us forward. Activists and artists around New Zealand propose that we build resilience through living shorelines and stop trying to engineer our way out of disasters.

This website is the first stage of the project. We are building our directory of innovators as we prepare for the next stage of the project, an interactive documentary (which we plan to launch in 2016). Our goal is to offer an educational platform to promote dialogue and to inspire new approaches to coastal protection.

Le projet The Shore Line explore la menace grandissante de la montée des eaux sur les côtes du monde entier, à travers une collection d’histoire publiées en ligne.

Au lendemain de l’Ouragan Sandy, du Typhon Haiyan à Samar, aux Philipines, et d’autres désastres climatiques récents, nous sommes de plus en plus nombreux à réaliser que les habitants des côtes et du littoral courent le danger de se retrouver sous l’eau d’ici la fin du siècle.

Dans les vingt prochaines années, il est fort probable que nous voyons apparaître un nombre grandissant de « réfugiés climatiques », et que des populations de petites îles telles que Kiribati cessent complètement d’exister. Des tensions grandissantes autour de ce que nous devrions faire pour l’avenir et qui devrait être impliqué sont à prévoir dans les prochaines années. The Shore Line étudiera qui sont les plus vulnérables et quelles solutions sont en train d’émerger face à la montée des eaux.

Ce projet de documentaire collaboratif rassemblera des histoires d’habitants, de scientifiques, d’urbanistes, de professeurs, d’étudiants, d’activistes et d’artistes. Notre but est d’offrir une plateforme éducative pour promouvoir le dialogue et présenter des approches novatrices de protections des côtes. Des collaborateurs de partout seront en mesure d’apprendre ce que chacun fait pour protéger les littoraux du monde.