I wanted to do something to connect with COP 26 in Glasgow. It's just down the road, but it feels quite disconnected from here.

I wanted to highlight the fact that sea levels are rising. As a coastal community this will affect us dramatically. For instance, will our road still be usable?

But it is not just about us. Climate change does not see borders or countries; what we do here affects people, plants and animals everywhere. 

We can't change the past but we can change what we do now. There are many possible futures that depend on the actions we take now. We can make a choice about how we act individually, and demand change from our governments.

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The installation is in three parts. There are 21 posts that should remain 30cm above the high tides at the moment. 

There is The Sea Rising Measure (there are 2 of them) - to me 2100 felt like another world away - a distant time beyond my comprehension. By connecting this time to how old my family are (my children will be 79 in 2091), it feels more relevant. Asking people in this community to say when they will be 79 I hope will help create a sense of connection.

Then there are the laser projections...words and images to highlight it all. 

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Transcript of words from SOC 79 solar Projection

Projecting Futures

Rising Sea Levels

Sea of Change 79

79 years until 2100

What will change?

Temperature

Sea Level

Coastline

Will our roads still be here?

B8002

A816

B8025

Pathways and Islands

Disappearing?

Eilean Traighte?

Eilean Carnaich?

Eilean Inshaig?

Eilean Buidhe?

More than one possible future?

Reduce emissions

Reuse and recycle

restore what we have lost

Born in 2021

79 in 2100

What year will you be 79?

Reduce

Reuse

Restore

Choose?

SOC79

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A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this happen at such short notice.