Protect Coastal Marshes From Sea-Level Rise

Target: John Carney, Governor of Delaware

Goal: Mitigate and adapt to the effects of sea-level rise on vulnerable coastal marshes.

Delaware’s coastal marshes, delicate and vital ecosystems, face an impending crisis. The relentless rise of sea levels is encroaching upon these critical habitats, jeopardizing their unique biodiversity and the services they provide to both the environment and the community. These marshes, essential for storm surge protection, water quality maintenance, and as nurseries for countless species, are at risk of being irrevocably altered.

Scientific consensus rings a clarion call about an alarming acceleration in sea-level rise attributed to climate change, with Delaware’s coastal regions being highly vulnerable. Regrettably, tangible efforts to shield these critical ecosystems remain elusive.

The looming specter of inaction paints a grim picture: the eventual extinction of numerous species due to habitat loss, a weakened defense against the ravages of coastal storms, and a worrisome decline in water quality. Urgent intervention is imperative to defy this impending ecological crisis, preserve biodiversity, and bolster the resilience of Delaware’s coastal communities in the face of a changing climate.

Sign the petition below to demand immediate action to protect Delaware’s coastal marshes from the escalating threat of sea-level rise.


Dear Governor Carney,

The urgency of the situation cannot be overstated. Delaware’s coastal marshes, among the state’s most invaluable assets, are under grave threat from rising sea levels. These fragile ecosystems are vital to the environment, providing essential services from storm protection to nurturing diverse wildlife.

However, the inexorable march of sea-level rise, accelerated by climate change, places these marshes at an unprecedented risk. The consequences of inaction are profound: the loss of critical habitat, compromised water quality, and decreased resilience to coastal storms.

We implore you to take swift, comprehensive action to safeguard Delaware’s coastal marshes. We urge you to commit to measures that mitigate sea-level rise and adapt to the new coastal reality. By doing so, we can ensure the preservation of these vital ecosystems for future generations and strengthen the state’s resilience to the challenges of a changing climate.


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