PUBLISHED: 11:20 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 23 August 2010
AN environmental charity has warned that unless serious action is taken to cut emissions by the end of the century, parts of the borough will be underwater. The World Development Movement, revealed the shocking statistics in a map of predicted sea level
AN environmental charity has warned that unless serious action is taken to cut emissions by the end of the century, parts of the borough will be underwater.
The World Development Movement, revealed the shocking statistics in a map of predicted sea level rises in Kent.
Published on Tuesday, it was compiled using the latest statistics on climate change and shows that northern parts of Gravesham will be flooded by a one metre rise in sea level, including Shorne and Cliffe Marshes.
Leila Deen, campaigner at the World Development Movement, said: "Kent is at the forefront of the fight against climate change right now because of the proposed power station at Kingsnorth.
"Climate change is a very local issue in Kent, and is not just something that is going to happen to other people far away. But climate change is not inevitable, we can change the shape of this map, if we campaign together and make the government act.
"It's madness to build a new generation of power stations burning coal, the most climate-damaging fuel of all.
"Seven new coal-fired power stations are in the pipe line, starting with one on the Hoo Peninsula.
"All those people who love Kent should join us and oppose this backward step.
"Unless we act now, climate change will have a disastrous impact on people in Kent and all over the world.
"And it's the poorest people who will be hit first and worst."
Current models for climate change predict that without serious action to cut emissions the sea level in Kent could rise by 74cm by 2080.
As well as parts of Gravesend, other areas affected in Kent include the Hoo Peninsula, parts of Strood, Rochester and Gillingham, the Isle of Sheppey, the coastline from Ramsgate to Deal and Romney Marsh.