This sixth blog is about a location, but not just an ordinary location. This site is an important meaning to what the United State is as a country. The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of “freedom” that is being choked by climate change.
This monument is an inspiration to immigrants entering America as their ship sailed past. The Statue of Liberty is known as “The Statue if Liberty Enlightening the World.” It was given to the United States in 1886 by the people of France to stand for freedom and democracy. In 1933 it was declared the National Monument.
The monument is made of 3/32-inch copper while on a granite pedestal. The Lady of Liberty and her base stands 305 feet and 6 inches. The height of her alone is 111 feet and 6 inches. She has a waist line 35 foot. She weighs 225 tons. Her torch which symbolizes enlightenment has 24k gold thin sheets. Her seven spikes on her crown represents the seven continents. Her tablet which is the symbol of liberty in her left hand reads July IV MDCCLXXVI (1776). She is on an island that is only 12.7 acres surrounded by the Upper Bay of New York Harbor.
The famous monument supports 88 employees, 12 term employees, and 36 seasonal employees as of 2017. In 2016, the symbol of freedom attracted 4.5 million visitors. Those visitors spent roughly $263.2$ million in the local businesses around. This revenue supported 3.4 thousand of jobs. Altogether, the Lady of Liberty revenues about $364 million to the local economy.
The Statue of Liberty is in great danger from climate change. The increase of severe storms is doing great damage. Hurricane Sandy in 2012 caused serious damage to the Lady herself. The repairs cost about $100 million, and all that damage was done by only one storm! The storm caused storm surge that caused extreme flooding to damage the monument. The island was flooded about 75%. The tourism site was closed for about a year after the horrific event. Not only did the storm cause cost of damage to be high, but with the site being shut down for a year had to cause a lot more money to be lost. In the future, how many more hurricanes are going to causing this much damage? The statue is built to hold up against 150 mph winds, but is that going to be good enough? Also when water rises from sea level rising, will it be able to survive all that force from the Bay?
“What are ways to save the Statue of Liberty from the rising waters,” you may ask. According to Jerry Matyiko of Expert House Mover Inc. of Maryland, he suggests putting her on stilts instead of moving her. He has some experience in monument relocation, but is this realistic? And you may be able to move or put the monument on stilts, but imagine having to put the entire city on stilts because you for sure can not move it. Will this cause New York City and New Jersey to be re-designed like New Orleans on stilts? Once the Statue of Liberty is gone, how much is the local economy going to lose?
To many citizens, including me, will be devastated if we lost the Statue of Liberty! Ever since I was a little girl in first grade we learned about the Liberty Lady herself. She has always symbolized an important meaning of freedom to all immigrants. They knew when they saw her that they were entering into freedom and a new life. If she sinks, our freedom will sink with her from climate change. Is this what it takes for everyone in the United States to see that we are destroying this planet and that we need to completely change our lifestyles? Do we have to lose our freedom from climate change before our country changes?
If we do not save the Statue of Liberty, will it go from a symbol of “freedom and democracy” to a symbol of the “choking of climate change” once it is under water?