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by J Henry Fair
On the Edge is a collaboration between environmentalist, photographer and son of South Carolina, J Henry Fair, and the Coastal Conservation League, who, in this new book, bring our attention to beauty, and the impending havoc on our coastal regions. Over half of the world’s population lives within 100km of the coast. Our coastlines define us, contain us, and connect us to the outside world. The current trend of migration to the coast is forecast to increase, just as climate change is predicted to increase the impact of storm activity and rising sea levels. The effects of this
combination on coastal regions and infrastructure over the entire world are of enormous concern, and the results will be expensive at best and possibly catastrophic. Comprising less than 10% of the United States’ land area, coastal counties house 39% of the US population and are responsible for 45% of its GDP. With this and the impending climate-induced changes in mind, J Henry Fair has undertaken an ambitious portrait of the coasts of the USA. The first chapter of the project entailed a return to his hometown of Charleston and the South Carolina shoreline, with its unique barrier islands, marshes, maritime forests, and intricate estuarine systems, in order to capture the beauty and frailty of this land. This book tells a visual story of both the breathtaking beauty of the South Carolina coast and the imminent threats it faces from climate change and human development. This is a story we are seeing the world over and On the Edge very much describes where our relationship with the environment is. This is a call to action for all people not just America.