I have not only been a serial expatriate for 20 years but I am also an avid traveler and a certified PADI rescue scuba diver. I have visited many of those natural wonders such as Belize, Australia Great Barrier, Maldives, Micronesia Palau, French Polynesia Bora Bora, Fiji’s islands, New Caledonia, Philippines’ El Nido and many more places full of rich colored hard and soft corals and a great diverse marine life.
I returned to some sites 10 years later and saw the impact of the global warming or pollution sadly watching at bleaching dead corals or wondering where all those great fishes like Napoleons or big Groupers went ? It is really shocking that such things happened so quickly and that my son wont’ be able to see anymore except on old slides and paper pictures.
I visited China in 1991 when Shanghai Bund Skyline was free of modern buildings, Honk Kong was still a British colony, I saw New York’s World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and many other places which has been forever disfigured or destroyed by humans.
I hope that the next generation of global citizens will be able to protect such wonders from further damages and become unified under the same cause regardless of nationality, culture, religion or skin color.
The Belize Barrier Reef is one of the most
diverse reef ecosystems in the world, home
to whale sharks, rays, and manatees as well
as sturgeon, conch and spiny lobsters.
Perhaps the most famous site from the reef
is this one, of the Great Blue Hole.
Photo: Courtesy Samuel Chow/ Wikimedia Commons
You’ve heard the grim timelines: if warming continues, the Great Barrier Reef will be bleached by 2030; glaciers in the Swiss Alps, on Mt. Kilimanjaro, and inGlacier National Park will disappear in under 40 years; and Arctic ice melt will leave the North Pole bare and polar bears extinct. The immediacy of these timelines prompts flocks of curious eco-tourists to travel to environmentally fragile areas. Tourism is both bad and good: it can add strain to already distressed areas, but it can also provide income, which in turn can help preserve these wonders. In time for Earth Day, we spotlight 10 areas under threat—some lesser known than others—that can still be visited responsibly.
Link to the Full article: 10 Natural Wonders To See Before They Disappear