Mayor's Blog - Town Mayor Councillor D Wade

Polar Bear 19.06.19

19 June 2019

Terrifying pictures in the Press today from the Arctic – sea ice seems to be mostly gone now and the ice caps are melting much faster than expected. Melt pools are forming. The methane locked up in the permafrost is being released. Polar bears, who need the sea ice to hunt seals, are heading inland and starving.

If this goes on, we’re going to lose most of Hythe and the whole of Romney Marsh within a few decades. The first sign will be that property will become uninsurable.

We’ve got ten years, apparently, to turn this around. Otherwise, we reach the point of no return and we get runaway climate breakdown.

We really haven’t got the right to inflict that on our grandchildren.