Places to visit NOW since Trump backed out of Climate Deal
If you’ve been hiding under a rock today, good for you! It might be one of the best places to get some shade in this warming planet. Today, Donald Trump announced his intention to pull out of the Paris Agreement, in a thinly veiled attempt to “protect American jobs.” Which jobs, I have no idea… because the future is clearly in green energy and green jobs.
It’s amazing that only Syria and Nicaragua did not join the Paris agreement, I mean shit, even North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and countries so poor you couldn’t locate them on a map joined together to combat what should be the focus of the world’s attention. Apparently, the world is not enough. America First.
What this does, however, is mean that the world is at an increasing risk to heat up even faster and soon, certain places will be destroyed, lost, or degraded beyond repair. There are a few places that should be on your list to visit soon, before it’s too late.
Great Barrier Reef
Ben and I had the opportunity to visit the Great Barrier Reef in 2014, and I’m glad we did. The scuba diving was amazing and the sea life incredibly diverse. But because of bleaching, the coral dies, and studies have shown that over 90% of the reef has already been exposed to some bleaching.
Venice already floods all the time, and the city has constructed massive flood barriers, the MOSE project, to protect the city from rising sea levels. Luckily, during our visit, we didn’t get flooded out, but the evidence from previous floods was everywhere.
Key West, FL
This one might be a shocker for you. The estimates from the Army Corps of Engineers is that levels in Key West will rise 15 inches over the next 30 years. The city is already combating flooding on a massive scale, and with these kind of numbers, it’s no wonder.
Seychelles and Maldives
We have yet to visit either of these island nations, but things are getting dire in the Malvides. Literally, they are BUILDING ISLANDS to survive, taking sand from nearby atolls and showing up new ones. The City of Hope should be finished in a few years. You can read a great article about that here.
This one’s a no brainer. Climate change severely affects even the national parks and the wildlife associated with them. Think of Glacier National Park in Montana, which only has about 20% of its glaciers left. What are you going to call it afterwards… ex-glacier national park?
Not that I’d recommend living in Miami for anyone (I did it for 5 years) it’s a great place to visit. But yes, with sea water levels rising, coastal cities like Miami are in trouble. Big trouble. Imagine Ocean Drive literally being in the ocean.
The thawing of the permafrost in Alaska is threatening not only the wildlife but the way of living for thousands of residents in the area. Wildfires are becoming more commonplace, glaciers are melting, and coastal erosion is taking its toll.
When will it stop?
Ideology needs to move to the side and real facts needs to step in, as even the CEO of ExxonMobil is in favor of the agreement. The blatant ignorance and idiocy to pull out of a worldwide attempt to make our planet more sustainable and healthier is selfish and damaging. Perhaps France’s president put it best today when he said “I invite all those around the world, leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, to come to France. We will succeed, because we all share the same responsibility. Make Our Planet Great Again.