Global temperatures are rising and pretending climate change is a hoax won’t get you anywhere, except maybe a few feet underwater. The Guardian reported on March 19, 2020 that according to new research, last year’s hot summer led to the melting of 600bn tons of ice in Greenland, raising sea levels by 2.2mm in a matter of two months. This is in no way small.
You must also bear in mind that the effects of climate change will compound and sea levels will increase along an exponential curve. At this rate, get ready to say goodbye to the thriving port cities of the world and if you haven’t visited them as yet, prioritize vacation time there. Here is a list of places in USA that you must visit before Mother Nature claims it back.
Statue of Liberty, New York
If you want to see New York in its full glory, you must visit today. With rising sea levels and natural calamities like hurricanes occurring with greater frequency, UN has warned in a report that the iconic Statue of Liberty might get washed away. In fact, when Hurricane Sandy hit, the flood waters covered 75% of the Liberty Island. Luckily the statue itself did not get damaged but it’s only a matter of time.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
This site may not be the hottest tourist attraction in town, but it does boast of some old historic building like the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. This landmark dating back to 1870 may be in danger. The shores of the Outer Banks are eroding. In fact about six feet of the coastal land erodes annually, according to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Montana’s Glacier National Park boasts of 39 significant glaciers. According to a research by US Geological Survey and Portland State University, these blocks of ice are shrinking rapidly and since 1966, some have decreased by 85%.
This is to be expected as the world over ice is melting, be it on top of mountains or at the poles themselves. The worst thing about the park in Montana, however, is that in 15 years these ice formations might completely disappear. What follows is complete chaos with people’s lives and livelihood being destroyed and many species of land and marine animals facing certain doom.
Everglades National Park, Florida
Another park that won’t survive the onslaught of climate change is the Everglades National Park. The land may remain, but that which it is known for won’t. Along with rising global temperatures, the unchecked water pollution has put many native species on the endangered list if not yet caused their extinction including the American Crocodile which might not make it given how their natural habitat is getting wiped out.
Yellowstone National Park
This park has already seen more change than any other even without climate change. It may have survived and managed to survive thus far, but it may not be able to handle what happens now. The warmer and shorter winters that lead to little snow fall is already affecting the lush landscape. The wildfires are getting more frequent and worse with time and are taking a toll on the wildlife living there.
If you love the beaches of Miami, plan a trip today. Experts already predict that soon around 2.5 million of the residents might have to migrate. The future for this wonder of nature is grim and rightly so. The shoreline is expected to go into obscurity and take its lavish beach front condos and lush golf courses under water.
As you traverse these beautiful sights, make sure to do your part in mitigating the effects of climate change and take extra care not to litter. Take this chance to connect with Mother Nature and learn about your planet. With apps like Google Lens it’s easier than ever before all you need is a good internet connection which you can easily get at WOW. It is literally a click away, so go ahead and help the planet heal!