This photo essay explores the growing challenges of coastal erosion and sea level rise through a personal reflection about coastal California. The author combines photography, ethnographic research, and personal experience to reflect upon the social, political, and environmental changes that rising seas are bringing to the world's coastlines. The essay emphasizes the power of using anthropology, framed by locally-based perspectives and knowledge, as a way to understand the broader global issues of climate change, erosion, and sea level rise.

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