Last Updated on March 21, 2018
Sadly, there are many gorgeous places that may disappear from our planet forever due to climate change. Do you realize that we may be the last generation to witness some of Earth’s greatest places? That’s right.
So, pack your bags and get ready to explore some of the most amazing sites that you would want to tell your grandchildren about.
#1 – The Maldives
The nation that holds multiple islands in the Indian Ocean is a great destination for anyone who is wondering what paradise looks like. Plus, it is known as one of the lowest lands on the planet.
Each year, it experiences an average elevation of 5 feet above the sea level, which may cause the islands to disappear within the next 100 years.
If you are a fan of surfing, diving, and swimming in general then the Maldives is the place you have to visit, especially if you are looking for a honeymoon destination, and by the way, their beaches glow at night.
So, this is the perfect time to book your ticket because the prices are getting cheaper and the airlines are giving more opportunities for travelers. What are you waiting for? Also, don’t forget your camera because your grandchildren will need proves of your fairytale Maldives story.
#2 – The Congo Basin
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It is the world’s second-largest rainforest that produces 40% of the world’s oxygen, and one of the most important sources of food, minerals, and medicine.
The Congo Basin is located in central Africa, where all the treasure is found. Plus, its unique and gorgeous plants, trees, and wildlife make the area bucket-list-worthy, especially now that it is disappearing.
Sadly, if it’s not effectively protected, two-thirds of the forest including the plants and the wildlife will be lost by 2040 because every year the forest loses 10 million acres due to illegal logging, farming, ranching, and guerrilla warfare.
#3 – The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
According to U.S & world report, the Great Barrier Reef is the best travel destination and one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Also, it is a UNESCO heritage site, the blue water is home to many rare and beautiful fish of all shapes and sizes, bursting with colors.
The Great Barrier Reef will definitely mesmerize you. Unfortunately, more than 50% of the Reef disappeared within the last 27 years due to global warming, and it was reported that it could be completely damaged by 2030.
This fact is heartbreaking, but we can take advantage of it and attempt to visit it as soon as possible. Plus, Australia is really gorgeous so it is going to be a win-win situation after all.
#4 – Glacier National Park, United States
One of the most beautiful parks in the United States is going to become a vanished place due to climate change. A park full of glacier presents a great attraction for travelers around the states and also the world. At first, there were over 150 glaciers spreading all over the park, now it has only 25 glaciers left. That’s awfully sad.
According to scientists, by the year 2030, there will be no glacier left around the park which will also affect the wildlife in there. In case you are interested, hop on the next flight and enjoy what’s left from glaciers around the park while witnessing the life of grizzly bears, the elk, and the wild goats.
#5 – The Athabasca Glacier, Canada
Speaking of glacier, Canada also holds one of the largest lands with glacier, and it’s wildly known for tourists coming from all over the world to witness one of the earth’s most beautiful places. Same as the glacier national park, climate change is affecting it negatively, along with the overflow of tourists.
The glacier has been melting down for about 125 years now. This caused it to lose most of its volume and beauty. So, if you are a fan of adventure and winter, don’t hesitate to travel to Canada, the country of politeness, to experience the icy lands and what’s left from it before it is completely gone.
#6 – The Dead Sea, Palestine/ Jordan
The saltiest sea on earth and the world’s healthiest resort is one of the top places that should be visited before it disappears because within the last 40 years, the Dead Sea experienced 40% shrinkage and it is expected to be completely gone in the next 50 years, which is a seriously scary amount of time.
It is known that Cleopatra and many other legends used to take dips in this mineral-rich water. Travelers from all over the world choose to visit this incredible place due to its huge benefits to the body, such as:
• It gets rids of toxins from the skin and helps in good blood circulation.
• It gets rid of dead skin cells and cleans skin pores.
• It helps relieve muscle tension, lessens stress and anxiety.
• It helps firm up skin tissues and strengthens them against any inflammation.
• It relaxes the body and eliminating aches and body pains.
• It helps in treating eczema and lessens skin inflammation.
#7 – Machu Picchu, Peru
Home to the ruins of the Inca Empire, the place that has one of the most panoramic views in South America, and one of the newest Seven Wonders of the World, the Machu Picchu attracts many tourists due to its unique history and gorgeous sites, which negatively affected the “lost country” because they keep damaging the ancient structures by jumping and walking all over them.
If the authorities didn’t take a stand to protect what is left of controlling the flow of tourists, the greatness of Machu Picchu may disappear within the next few decades.
#8 – Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The highest free-standing and snow-covered volcano creates a great challenge to travelers, who love to climb mountains and enjoy such risks. But, like any other icy land, the mountain is being highly affected by the global warming.
This mountain captivated the heart of many people within the last decades, and each year more than 75,000 climb it. The great views and the vast fields covered with white make all the efforts worth it.
So, quick! The global warming is not waiting for anyone, and the mountain needs to be more explored.
#9 – Joshua Tree National Park, USA
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Located in the Mojave Desert, Joshua tree national park is experiencing a sad drought that expanded in California within the last years causing the trees to slowly die and preventing them from producing. If it continued this way, we may need a new name for this park. Yes, that’s how quickly it is damaging.
This park is considered one of the unique deserts on earth with the weirdly shaped trees that will inspire you to suddenly become a “country” movie maker. Plus, there are many animals who made this park their homeland. Side note: it is illegal to feed the animals or come close to them in order to protect them as well.
#10 – Sundarbans, India / Bangladesh
The Sundarbans is a vast forest that was recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bangladesh, it is also home to many species that chose this amazing forest to be their favorite place for hunting and surviving.
However, pollution and deforestation are slowly causing the forest to vanish from our planet Earth. Plus, the sea level is quickly rising, causing the coastline to rapidly shrink.
In the years to come, many great places are getting seriously harmed and damaged due to climate change and irresponsible human behaviors, thousands of inhabitants of this forest have been displaced already.