Here are 7 places to visit before they change forever
Via Tourism Style
1. Madagascan Forests
I’ve heard the Madagascan forests are even more beautiful in person than the beloved Dreamworks animation. Hard to believe, right? Known for their high levels of biodiversity, in the Madagascan Forests you’ll see species you will never find anywhere else on earth. 92% of mammals inhabiting Madagascar exist exclusively on the island, and although it used to be teaming with wildlife, numbers are dropping as humans take their toll. The slash and burn agriculture, logging, charcoal and fuelwood production, and general forest degradation, has left Madagascar in danger. Losing forestry means losing wildlife, and many species are now under threat. Visiting the Madagascan forests may mean you’ll see species your grandchildren will only hear about in the movie you play on your dusty DVD player.
2. The Dead Sea
Have you ever heard of that weird ocean which makes you float so well it’s difficult to stand on two feet? The Dead Sea is the lowest body of water on the planet and has the lowest elevation. Its salt content is nearly 10 times more than the rest of the ocean, and attracts not only tourists but spiritual seekers too. It’s becoming more dangerous every day for visitors to visit the Dead Sea and swim in its unique buoyancy, as sinkholes appear and the sea level continues to drop.
One of the main reasons the Dead Sea may no longer be around for us to marvel at is the divergence of water. Dams have been built without a sustainable ecological strategy in Israel, Syria, and Jordan, to divert the flow of water for farming and drinking purposes. These dams have effectively stopped the flow of water into the Dead Sea. Home to many unique species and vegetation, the destruction of the Dead Sea may cause more harm to the environment than we can possibly foresee.
Via Queensland blog
3. The Great Barrier Reef
In the last 3 years, half of the coral reef in The Great Barrier has been bleached to death. Bleaching occurs when the ocean is too hot (unnaturally so) and destroys the coral’s algae; the food they usually survive on. To top it off, Adani’s massive coal mine has been approved to go ahead. At a crucial time for reducing carbon emissions, this huge project will only speed up the effects of coral bleaching. Although Australia continues to fight back, the project is already underway.
When snorkeling in The Great Barrier Reef recently, I witnessed the drastic and devastating difference between bleached coral and thriving coral. A thriving reef is truly something to behold. It’s no wonder the Great Barrier Reef is included in the world-renown 7 wonders of the world, but perhaps soon there will only be 6.