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  • Writer's pictureHamsen B Paramahamsa MSc geology

Countering Coastal Erosion with Professions gives Many Jobs

Updated: May 17, 2021

It is a pity that traditional coastal dwellers with their loved professions, with long fascinating histories and beautiful landscape had to migrate away because of coastal erosion and threatening Sea-Level Rise. It has been false interpretation of possibilities at the coast. One just have to turn the direction of thoughts 180° towards the seas. The horizon is beyond the sights can go. One can meditate and contemplate for hours on. One feels something is promising, yet cannot grasp it. It is a matter of time when cynic, depressive talks end and the day dawns.

One is certain: If the traditional jobs at the coasts are blended with countering coastal erosion then there will be enough jobs to occupy people through out their lives and maintain a reasonable life supporting income. One has to stopp the four methods practised now to stop erosion and resort profession related methods.

Certain things has to be avoided vehemently while attempting to stop coastal erosion and sea level rise. They are: the methods practised throuhg out last century and before and done yet now. They come to be four methods:

  1. Using Boulders to stop coasta erosion and sea level rise.

  2. Heaping and/or arranging pre-fabricated concrete blocks and forms.

  3. Constructing walls to counter erosion and stop sea level rise.

  4. Spraying sand to fill the beaches.

The methods are enormously expensive and burdens the public money. Giving a turn to have methods that are productive on the coast and near-offshore, the coastal erosion will stop on its own and the sea level could be made to recede. Then instead of being a burden to the Tax-payer, the issue will bring revenue to the respective region.

Earlier, and up until now in many cases, coast had only mainly one profession. It is fishing and life as a fisher and fishmonger. Seldom there had been boating and managing of small harbours. Import export did exist, but they switch over to being established trade belonging to qualified and monied people.

Yet, there are clans and groups of mariners called sea-gypsies. They are according to many legends living permanently on the seas. They have been recorded also according to legends that they so since more than 15 centuries. Really fascinating. But one should say that they are not much respected and been condescended. And they are not considered to belong to the coast. They are offshore.

However, recently there are developments along the coasts of big cities. Slum dwellers have dared to break laws and have begun assembling settlements on the coasts and have entered the waters, too. They have dared against coastal erosion and have mastered their living with rickety, thatched patched, stitched darned, nailed and screwed, fragile domiciles floating on the water. It appears the frightening sea-level rise and the accompanied aggressive, thrashing waves have sympathy towards them. "Why Not".

Now a new Era had established itself on the coasts daring against erosion and sea-level rise.

It looks similar to hippy era. The hippies being outcasts, outsiders and step-outs with long hairs some having lies in it wandered along stretches where few people live and life affordable with a dollar or two. They walked along with rags, torn and patchy. Sleeping under trees or beaches, often getting wet and soaked. The paths began to form developing into lanes and then roads with potholes and muddy ditches. Small shops with dopes and smokes came in, with them walking mongers with goods on their heads or hanging in their arms. The rich noticed it. Tourism boom followed.

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