I’m certain that all of you reading this have heard things like “Florida is going to be underwater soon!” or “Australia is going to be submerged!” and although this may seem as an extreme exaggeration, rising sea levels are becoming something less and less of joke and exaggeration. Since 2000, ocean levels have risen a total of 6 centimeters and continue to rise by about 3.4 millimeters annually. Although this may seem like a very little amount at the moment, this is very dangerous when looking at the big picture because this rate is expected to only accelerate in the years to come. A new Pentagon-funded study has found that thousands of islands could be uninhabitable due to rising sea levels as soon as the year 2065. Located in the Pacific and Indian oceans, many of these islands are low lying, and very close to sea level, a prime example being the Roi Namur island which lays only 6 feet above sea level. This Island is home to around 1200 people as well as a US military base. The main threats to these islands are large waves because these waves will carry the water across the islands causing no one to be able to live there, forcing thousands of thousands of people being displaced. In order to help reduce the risk of these tragedies, governments and people need to start planning for their future now. Another large issue is with warming sea temperatures is melting ice in Antarctica. When this happens ocean levels everywhere have the potential to rise by around 12 feet - this would sink inimaginable amounts of items along with causing many problems for coastal cities; according to a 2013 report by the international panel on climate change, oceans could arise up to 4 feet by 2100! To put this in your perspective, take Miami for example. If ocean levels rise by 12 feet Miami will be submerged. Despite the fact that this would take slightly over 200 years if we keep going at the rate we are at right now, it is imperative that we start taking action now before it is late for our future generations. If you are wondering in which ways you can help, we highly recommend being more proactive in how you care for our environment and your carbon footprint. To learn more about this topic, check out the article "The military paid for a study on sea level rise. The results were scary. " by the Washington Post.