Today I got my BudgetTravel.com weekly newsletter and one of the headlines was a post called 10 Natural Wonders to See Before They Disappear. Ironically, I had posted an idea on this very topic on my Evernote page on future blog posts.
The post features 10 places that are going to be gone by the end of the century, assuming global warming, development, and pollution continue at the current rates.
That’s a scary thought.
As you might know, I always have a growing list in my head of places that I want to visit at some point in my life, and as I have read more and more about the effects of global warming, many things on my list have been pushed to the forefront, simply because I am afraid they might not be there someday.
Ice caps are melting and glaciers are melting as we speak – move Alaska, Iceland, Patagonia, New Zealand, and Scandinavia up the list.
Tigers, elephants, black rhinos, and gazelles are all still being poached even though they are endangered – put Sub-Saharan Africa and India in the top ten…in the top 5?
On a daily basis rain forests in Brazil, the Congo, and Peru are being cut down, acres per day, will I have time to fit these places in too.
And then there are the islands, the Maldives, the Marshall Islands, Tonga, all these places are disappearing, literally, the rising seas from the melting ice will cause these places, and many others that are just slightly above sea level, to become submerged.
Now don’t sit there and say, I don’t need to worry about this, I don’t want to go to the Congo or Alaska. Try looking local: the Florida Everglades, the Great Barrier Reef, the Dead Sea, the Swiss Alps.
Does this make you want to change your own plans? Have you already? Do you think its bunk science?