Look anywhere and you’ll see lists of places around the world that you should travel to. This list is a little different—assuming global warming keeps up, these five iconic and beautiful places aren’t going to be around for very long, so pick out your next vacation from:
- The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Yup, this beautiful place’s future isn’t looking so great. Ocean acidification and high temperatures wear down reefs and bleach them white. The work being done on a coal port just next to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park also threatens the delicate coral.
- The Statue of Liberty, New York
Since temperatures have been getting hotter and sea levels have been rising, Lady Liberty is probably going to be in some pretty big storms in the future. Even when Sandy hit New York a few years ago, she was covered in water and had to be closed for repairs over 8 months following the storm.
- Everglades, Florida
The Everglades might be getting the worst deal: because of human interference, they’ve shrunk down to half their size. That + rising temperatures= they can be at risk for boiling into nothingness and then being flooded once again with the rising sea water.
- Michoacan, Mexico
This is already a place you’ll want to see—about a billion butterflies make their way here to wait out the winter time. But with bigger and bigger storms hitting their migration path every year, not all of them are making it to the vacation spot.
There are plenty of other places that aren’t going to be quite as awesome as they are now (or even exist in some cases) if global warming continues at the same pace.
What are some ways you can help to keep these places safe? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.