I visited St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. I was amazed at the moon portrayed by artist Luke Jerrard juxtaposed in such a unique setting. The installation artwork brings science and creativity together portraying NASA detail of the moon.
I felt a deep connection as I sat entranced in the cathedral.
I was reminded of the power of the moon and the impact it has on tides. A King tide is an extremely high tide that occurs when the orbits and alignments of the Earth, Moon and the Sun produce the greatest tidal effects of the year. These King Tides are a preview of how sea rises will affect coastal places.
I remembered being in the delta area of Bangladesh where during a full moon tide the water came into the town. River erosion and salination of fertile soil is a huge problem in that part of the world. The tide went down and the next morning the town was intact. Some locals in the area told me how their villages had disappeared into the river and they were scraping a living in shanty villages by the causeway.