I wish I couldn’t write about this topic of Places To Visit Before It’s Too Late, but sadly enough it’s not all that hard. There are places that are reaching a point of destruction, and for different reasons they will soon be gone. As I write this post, I feel split between paradoxes. While I would really want to see these places, I would be contributing to the problem that made me go to an endangered site in the first place. Global warming is our own fault, and that’s a heartbreaking fact. So while I feel inspired to go to these places, the fact that they might not be there for long because of our actions, makes me want to go there in an environmentally friendly way.
So as much as I hope to inspire to travel to these places, I hope to inspire to a greener way of getting there. Some of the places here are a few places that scientists and key reports say are feeling the effects of global warming today — places to consider as you put together your travel plans.
The white beaches, the great diving and snorkeling, the relaxed atmosphere.. it just seems like a place where you can really sit back and relax for a while. But not for too long, Maldives is sinking, and scientists fear the sea level is rising up to 0.9cm a year. Since 80% of its 1,200 islands are no more than 1m above sea level, within 100 years the Maldives could become completely uninhabitable. Visiting the place is probably the last thing you should worry about, but I have to say that I would like to see it before it’s all under water…
The Dead Sea
Want to float on top of water like a cork in the Dead Sea? Or maybe you would want to go there for the healing natural minerals in the water? Well, hurry up because The Dead Sea is evaporating! And it does this at an alarming rate. As though the global warming wasn’t enough, the problem is compounded by extraction and evaporation of water from the Dead Sea to extract the valuable mineral salts.
Belize Barrier Reef
Warmer oceans mean stressed coral, which results in bleaching and death. Corals are incredibly sensitive, but very important for the marine life to survive. They’re also threatened by people breaking them, damaging them and using them for jewelry.
If you ever break a coral, they die, so when you snorkel and dive you have to be very careful not to break them! Part of the reason why they’re so fragile is because they only reproduce once every year, and few of the seeds ever get the chance to grow. In Belize, more than half of the coral reefs in Caribbean are ALREADY gone. Report revealed that the world’s coral is dying at record rates because of pollution, disease and global warming. In the Caribbean, eighty percent of corals have died over the past three decades.
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The Swiss Alps
The Swiss Alps are already less snowy, and they are forced to use artificial snow more and more. The scenery will change drastically within the next few decades, the season will get shorter, and the glaciers there are already melting. Although for us it was hard to see how it could be warmer than usual in -30 degrees last winter, the ski season arrived rather late. There are many factors that cause the global warming and pollution, and although it might seem like the world wouldn’t be better if you changed your ways of living, it would.
Those are a few of mine – which places would YOU like to visit before it becomes too late?