Our vast world is a home to many beautiful, exotic and awe-inspiring destinations. However, much of the planet’s natural beauty is vanishing due to the adverse effects of climate change. The impact of tourist traffic in certain places and the local population are also damaging the environment.
Mankind needs to become more responsible and learn how to live in harmony with nature. Leaders of the world must unite and take a more serious stance on global warming.
Here are some the places that you should visit before they’re lost to the passage of time. Learn ecotourism before you travel as it helps you to become a responsible traveler.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Hidden beneath the azure waves of Australia is the Great Barrier Reef. The largest and most beautiful coral reef has been rapidly dying off. Ravaged by pollution and disease, nearly fifty percent of this once massive sprawl of coral is gone.
Madagascar is a bio-diversity hotspot. Over 90% of Madagascar’s wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. Its lush expanses of rain forest are home to thousands of unique animal species as well as some of the oldest trees in the world, the ancient Baobabs. The island’s ecosystem now faces a grave risk due to human activity. Massive deforestation has left the animal population vulnerable to extinction. Explore this paradise before its flora and fauna fade from existence.
Machu Picchu, Peru
Adventurous tourists venture into the mountains of South America to marvel at the Machu Picchu. These Incan ruins are a striking piece of archaeology that have stood for centuries. This landmark faces severe impact from increasing foot traffic. And the ongoing risk of landslides and forces of natural erosion could wipe out the site.
Glacier National Park, Montana
There were as many as 150 glaciers in Montana, over a century ago. Now hardly 25 remain and estimates indicate that the glaciers will disappear by 2030 or even earlier. Many species of animals and plants that live in this park, require cold water. When the glaciers are gone, the ecosystem and the tourism industry around it will undergo a dramatic change.
Venice, the city of lovers, is on the wishlist of every couple planning for a honeymoon. Floating on a lagoon, this iconic city is sinking rapidly. The canals that make up the streets of Venice rise 2 mm every year, submerging relics of history and ravaging architecture. Make sure you ride on the gondolas of Venice before the sea reclaims it.