As climate change begins to affect the planet, some governments are already taking actions to meet the new realities. One such country is Indonesia where construction of a massive sea wall is slated to begin.
The 35-kilometer (22-mile) wall, across the Bay of Jakarta off the city’s northern coast, is the centerpiece of a project that will cost up to $40 billion over three decades, and also includes reclaiming land for 17 new islands.
The whole project will form the shape of a Garuda, the mythical bird that is Indonesia’s national symbol.
Parts of coastal north Jakarta, which is built on soft clay, are sinking as fast as 14 centimeters (5.5 inches) a year, meaning they could be meters below sea level in a few decades, according to those behind the sea wall project.