Have you climbed Kilimanjaro? Would you like to visit the Great Barrier Reef in your lifetime? Well, if things carry on the way they are, you’d better hurry.
Results of the 2017 IUCN World Heritage Outlook, which was launched at the UN climate summit in Bonn this month, have revealed the devastating extent to which global warming is impacting some of our world’s most treasured natural wonders.
According to the report, which looks at all 241 listed World Heritage sites, climate change is the fastest growing problem affecting these protected areas – and the one with the largest potential threat.
In the last 3 years, there has been a 77% increase in sites where it is seen as a high or very high threat (62 sites in 2017 compared to 35 in 2014). Some of the destructive issues we’re seeing include rising ocean temperatures, melting glaciers and longer wildfire seasons. And due to higher water levels, the ancient city of Venice could be underwater within a century.
You can access all the findings from the newly released report here. It contains more facts and figures on the problems caused by climate change as well as information on the other main causes harming our environment, such as invasive species and tourism.
At We Make Change our mission is to give you the power to change the world. Sometimes the hardest part of tackling issues that seem as large as climate change is taking that first step.
You might not know it, but there are some really high impact things that you can already do to ensure we protect our World Heritage sites. Have you tried eating less beef or driving an eco-friendly car? Take a look at a few life changes you can make.