Tonight the Community Council agreed there is a need to set up a working group that takes a longer term view about the future of the island, in particular issues relating to the changing climate and sea levels, and the impacts that scientists are warning we should now expect to face.
Tiree, as a particular low-lying island, is likely to be among the most deeply affected parts of Scotland. A recently publicised interactive map (one image from which is attached to this page, and shows one possible outcome we could see within the century according to some projections) shows a range of possible estimates of sea level + peak flooding change over the next few decades – although estimates vary widely and this particular data set may not be very well calibrated for Scotland and the islands in particular, there is a suggestion that in more worse case scenarios we could experience serious loss of land mass in as little as 10 years, especially when coastline erosion is taken into account.
Transition away from fossil fuels is likely to need to be greatly accelerated, and it will be vital to our island’s future that our infrastructure is prepared for that, and that local businesses are supported.
If you are interested in taking part in this group and beginning a discussion about these issues and what we might be asking be done in preparation – please get in touch with TCC member Phyl Meyer by e-mail at email@example.com