Depending on who you listen to, climate change is either an impending ecological disaster we’re all ignoring or a scam made up by companies to keep someone somewhere down. However, they say a picture tells a thousand words, right?
Here’s an example of just some images that show the horrifying destruction that climate change is having on the world around us. It’s not just the reams of data about rising sea levels, glaciers and arctic ice melting away, heat waves, water droughts and weird weather storms; it’s about what’s going on elsewhere.
The Great Barrier Reef
This is one of the most common and terrifying examples of the damage being done to the world. The Great Barrier Reef has been falling apart for some time, with over 2,900 reefs and 900 islands making up the largest coral reef system in the world. As you can see from the images above, it is – or was – a beautiful place.
Now, take a look at this image below.
How could we let things get so bad? We’ve managed to destroy over 1,400 miles of natural wonderment. As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it looks like we might have just killed off a fairy-tale if these harrowing images of the before and after are anything to go by.
With over two third of the great barrier reef gone, the change to try and save it looks to have passed. They are dying out, and in 2017 the Nature journal produced a harrowing obituary for what was once a symbol of the thriving life beyond land.
Think it’s just tropical parts of the world that are falling into disrepair? Think again. Take a look at this photo of the alps from back in the day – how wonderful and full it looks. With millions of years of history and no signs that they ever wound up as bad as they are today, it’s hard to see the changing of the Alps as ‘just nature’ as many skeptics claim.
As you can see from the image above, the damage to the Alps is far worse than we could ever have imagined. These once stunning 13,000ft regions have become extensively damaged, nothing like the amazing scenes they once were.
It’s expected that with a 2-degree temperature rise in 120 years, we could see another 2-degree rise in just 40 years. This is dreadfully worrying, and shows how much damage we are doing to the world. Not only are the glaciers beginning to sink, but it means that the heat is reflecting off the smaller glaciers meaning it will heat up the planet even more…creating a terrifying prospect for trying to stop nature.
Add in the fact that people worry that ancient pathogens from some of the worst times in human history could be released too, and the sign of the Alps and the Great Barrier Reef falling into such horrible disrepair should do something to help you see the immense damage the world is undergoing at present.
If we don’t do something soon, these kind of natural wonders will become consigned to history books read in oxygen pods as the world is gradually destroyed by our own inaction. It’s time for change.