Capture Australia’s king tides on Thursday

MAKE a New Year’s resolution to “love your coast” and join Green Cross Australia to raise awareness of the threats posed by rising sea levels.

Mark your calendars and grab your cameras because this Thursday, January 2 will see king tides sweeping Australia’s eastern coast.

In Narooma, the Marine Rescue unit has expressed concern about the state of its current pontoon on Mill Bay that is usually swamped by high tides.

The Narooma unit is currently raising funds to install a new floating pontoon it has already acquired.

Coastal residents meanwhile are being encouraged to photograph and share the images of the king tide as part of a nationwide initiative - the Witness King Tides project, coordinated by Green Cross Australia.

The king tide is expected to hit New South Wales from 9am to 10am but times and dates vary depending on location.

Participants can find their exact local tide time via www.witnesskingtides.org

The coast is vital to our way of life. The image database snapped by tide trackers from around Australia will help the community visualise the potential impacts of future sea level rise and its effect on our iconic beaches, coastal areas and shoreline communities.

By raising awareness of sea level rise and climate change, the project can help prepare coastal communities for the future.

Project partners include CSIRO, Australian Coastal Society and the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, the Tasmanian Climate Change Office and numerous coastal and estuarine councils around Australia fund the project.

Green Cross Australia is committed to educating and empowering Australians to become more resilient to our changing environment.

Connect with Green Cross Australia on Twitter via @GreenCrossAus and follow Witness King Tides news and photos by using #witnesskingtides.

Get involved and register now at www.witnesskingtides.org

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