While recently on a business trip in Houston, TX, I was listening to a public radio program titled “Sea Rise”. The point of the program was to contrast scientific evidence of the rising of sea level to people who live in coastal areas and are unwilling to accept the potential impact on their lives. In particular, they were contrasting the research of a scientist on sea level increase to a farmer in coastal North Carolina. The farmer is the third generation on the land and expects to pass it on to his young son some day. He was quite certain that the rising sea level was not going to bring any consequences to his land that he could not deal with. He views it more like a hurricane or bad weather event that will come, go away, and will require a period of recovery. The barrier to his thinking was his attachment to the land for 3 generations. He cannot possibly conceive that the land would not be there and the change would be permanent. He said, ” Whatever happens, we will deal with it as we always have.” This points out a significant reason why there is such a large human mental barrier to people understanding that things won’t be the same again and why it is so difficult to get them to plan ahead to deal with a permanent change. It also brings to home the fact that we often think of displaced people in third world countries. No longer true. The fact that this program was airing in Houston, a coastal US city, was notable.