Everyday we hear new negative impacts of climate change - how the warming climate is damaging people, places and species.
As passionate travellers, we have a double responsibility to protect our planet - firstly so we can continue enjoying it in the future and preserve it for our children and grandchildren to enjoy, but secondly because aviation is one of the worst offenders when it comes to negative environmental impacts. According to the Dave Suzuki Foundation since 1990, CO2 emissions from international aviation have increased 83 per cent! Eeeeekkkk! So if we are going to continue using planes as a mode of transport, (and we probably will if we continue travelling internationally) then we need to be think about ways we can offset our climate impact.
And while we are doing that, the Huffington Post has put together a great list of 10 Places That Are In Danger of Disappearing Forever
So it is definitely worth adding some of these to your bucket list - because we really don't know how long they will be around for! Check out the list and why these destinations might not be around forever:
- The Great Barrier Reef, Australia - scientists predict that if we don't find a way to curb the coral bleaching, pollution and rising ocean temps destroying the reefs, they might only have 100 years left.
- The Seychelles Archipelago - Unfortunately this stunning archipelago has seen an incredible amount of coral die-off and now beach erosion threatens to fully submerge Seychelles in 50-100 years.
- The City of Venice, Italy- Severe flooding puts Venice at risk to sink
- Certain species from the Galapagos Islands - The Galapagos Islands have been in danger of "economic and environmental degradation" before, and it is once again under watch as mass tourism and smuggled foreign animals threaten the existence of native creatures and ecosystems.
- The forests of Madagascar - Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world, but its forests have a projected shelf life of 35 years. If people don't step in to prevent the burning and mass deforestation, the beautiful trees (and animals and plant species that live within them) will be gone for good.
- Glaciers in the Alps - Regardless of whether you love skiing or The Sound of Music, these natural wonders are pretty spectacular. With glaciers decreasing in size by three percent each year combined with the effects of global warming, the glaciers found in the Alps could be gone by 2050.
- The Snow on Mt. Kilimanjaro - "Snow-capped mountains" won't be a "thing" anymore if the glaciers on this world wonder keep receding. Although the glaciers have been receding for some time, global warming is speeding up the process.
- Maldive Islands - The Maldives is the lowest-lying country on Earth, which is not the best title to hold when sea levels begin to rise. High-ranking government officials are so certain sea levels will rise, they're already looking to buy land in other countries for citizens to go live (possibly Australia).
- The Taj Mahal, India - The Taj Mahal was built in 21 years, but people worry it might be closed to the public soon. The main threat? Increased air pollution and mass tourism.
10. Glacier National Park - In a few short years, it might be time for a name-change. These days, scientists are predicting that Glacier National Park will be glacier-free by 2020 or 2030, which would also completely disrupt the national park's ecosystem.
So when you're planning your future travel destinations, spare a thought for these hot spots that won't be around forever. And while you're at it, maybe try and plan some more environmentally friendly means of travel. If there's any places you can get to by train or car, your environmental impact will be much lower.
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