Climate change is happening right now, and it's already destroying people's livelihoods.
Climate change is often framed as a problem of the future—something that "will happen" if we fail to act.
But the truth is that climate change is happening right now, and it's already destroying livelihoods. Climate change is the droughts, the hurricanes, the wildfires, and the floods that are occurring with increasing frequency. It's the extreme heat, which is debilitating to some but which others can easily drown out with air conditioning.
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Climate change generally harms poor communities and communities of color far more than it harms the primary drivers of rising global temperatures, namely corporations and those who benefit from corporate success. Ironically, poor communities who contribute very little to climate change tend to be the ones who have to deal with its worst effects.
Still, climate change will come for us all one way or another—that much is clear. Climate change is even beginning to damage luxury hotels, infringing on the isolated worlds of the super-rich. Here are eight places around the world that are already disappearing because of climate change. Chilling harbingers of what's to come if we don't act, these places are also testaments to overconsumption and the brutal effects of humanity's utter lack of care for the planet and for our fellow humans.
The Swiss Alps' magnificent Rhone Glacier once attracted visitors from across the globe. Many chose to stay at the glamorous Hotel Bélvèdere, which hosted the likes of Pope John XXIII and Sean Connery in its day. But the Rhone Glacier has been steadily retreating, losing almost a full mile in the last century. It's receded so much that the land on which the hotel stands is no longer secure, and so the hotel has been closed indefinitely. Today, it's boarded up, a relic of a long-gone world.
Isle De Jean Charles
Southeastern Louisiana's beautiful gothic island homes are now sinking into the sea. The island is home to many members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and the United Houma Nation tribes, which have already lost 98% of their remaining land since 1955.
The island was heavily damaged by floods throughout the first decade of the 2000s, culminating in devastation after Hurricane Katrina. At the beginning of 2016, Louisiana was awarded a $96 million grant to move the island's inhabitants to higher ground. Those who lived on the island will be awarded either a house in a resettlement community located further north or funds to move somewhere else. Displaced tribe members are still mourning their lost homeland.
Climate change threatens to turn many tropical oases into underwater relics. One such place is Vunidogoloa, Fiji, a village that has been flooded because of climate change, forcing inhabitants to move to higher ground.
Since 2012, these villagers have been in the process of moving to higher land. There was a time when Vunidogoloa was a thriving community, but today, rising sea levels have increased levels of soil salinization, have worn away fields, and have eroded seawalls intended to stop the floods.
Painted as "the nation's first community to relocate because of climate change," the fates of the Vunidogoloa villagers are warning signs for us all.
Saint-Louis, Senegal was once a vibrant coastal city, but it's now being overtaken by the sea."Climate change has had a devastating impact on our city, destroying houses and key infrastructure," said Saint-Louis's mayor, Amadou Mansour Faye.
Out of the more than 100 million people live along the west African coast, "four million of those have been displaced, forced to live in temporary camps away from the shoreline," according to Sky News.
Flooding, shoreline erosion, and drought have heavily damaged Saint-Louis and many neighboring towns, seeding conflict, forcing thousands to flee to refugee camps, and provoking the rise of extremist groups.
Climate change "is a huge problem for developing countries because they don't have the resources to fight coastal erosion,"said Loïc Brüning, who researches the effects of climate change in Saint-Louis. "From Mauritania to Cameroon, all the shore is eroded. Whereas cities in the Netherlands have protected themselves because they have the knowledge and finances to do so."
Australia Coral Reef
Australia's reefs are some of the most visually arresting examples of climate change available to us. While attention has been lavished on the dramatically decaying Great Barrier Reefs, many of Australia's western reefs are suffering too.
Heat stress from climate change led 90% of the reefs by Christmas Island to die or turn bleach-white in a 10 month period between 2015 and 2016. These reefs provided vital nourishment to many of the aquatic species living in these waters, and the reefs' deaths have contributed to a decline in food quality and health for many nearby humans.
Chacaltaya Glacier and Ski Resort, Bolivia
This 18,000-year-old glacier began to melt around 1980, and in 2009 the glacier was completely gone due to climate change.
But Bolivia's Chacaltaya Glacier had been the home of Bolivia's only ski resort, which had been open since the 1930s. Located at 17,519 feet above sea level, the resort was long the world's highest ski resort, and its restaurant is still currently recognized as the highest restaurant in the world. Today, the once-thriving resort is maintained by two brothers who worked at the resort for decades. They maintain a place where visitors can still receive a hot meal, hence the location's continued recognition as the world's highest restaurant. The mountain resort, however, lies eerily abandoned, a foreboding warning sign of what's to come.
Lake Poopó, Bolivia
Lake Poopó dried up entirely in 2016 due to agriculture, mining, and climate change. Once Bolivia's second-largest lake, it had long been a vital resource for many communities that relied on it for food and sustenance. Nestled in the Altiplano Mountains at an altitude of 3,700 meters, it made mountainous areas habitable, but no longer.
Today, the lake has turned to a collection of salt-scarred marshes littered with bird skeletons and overwhelmed by scavenging beetles. Many scientists have cited its disappearance as a warning about the future consequences of climate change.
The village of Shishmaref, Alaska was built atop a sheath of ice, putting it at extreme risk as global temperatures rise. Climate change has already heavily impacted Shishmaref, as rising temperatures and melting floes have made the landscape all but uninhabitable.
As the world warms thanks to the 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide that humans pump into the atmosphere each second, Shishmaref is disappearing. It's one of 31 villages in Alaska that face extreme threats from erosion and climate change-related issues, according to a Government Accountability report. Things have gotten so bad in this village that in 2017, inhabitants officially voted to relocate, though they don't yet have the funds to do so.
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Every individual must find a path to true happiness on their own, but these tips may help.
When was the last time you were truly happy? How do you even know that you are truly happy? Life is full of many disappointments and we can get easily carried away and forget to appreciate the small things. Here are 5 surprising secrets of true happiness to help you appreciate life more.
Don't Compare Your Achievements
As humans, it is normal for us to be naturally competitive. There is always that voice within us that keeps telling us that we can be and do better; that silent whisper in our head that keeps motivating us to push further. However, the problem comes in when we start comparing our achievements with those of other people. For example, if we start comparing our fitness goals with those of others, we will end up getting disappointed since different people have totally different lifestyles. Therefore, if you want to attain true happiness in life, stop comparing your achievements with others; compete with yourself instead.
Do Things That Scare You
When was the last time you did something new? When was the last time you went to a place you've never been to before? When was the last time you did something random? When was the last time you did things that scared you? The whole world is out there reaching out to you to embrace it. Stop being too predictable in everything you do. Take a random trip to a new place on Friday after work. Quit your job and start that business that you've always been procrastinating. Take a bus and talk to the stranger sitting next to you. They say that life is what happens when you are busy making other plans, and I say true happiness is found in the strangest of places.
Live in the Present
What if you don't land that job? What if he doesn't propose after years of dating? What if…. We are all prone to get carried away by the uncertainty of the future that we forget to embrace and enjoy our present. We do not know what the future holds, and worrying about it every second will not change a thing. Sometimes it's good to just let things happen. Enjoy everything you have in your present because tomorrow it could be a privilege you wish you had.
Relish in Your Alone Time
When was the last time you had a conversation with yourself? If you cannot recall the answer to that question, then it's high time you created some alone time. Alone time is always a good opportunity for you to evaluate your life and see the best direction for you to take. It is the best time for you to make some critical life decisions. What can you do to be happy? Who do you need to let go in your life so you could be happier? These decisions are best made when you have an honest conversation with yourself in your alone time.
Listen to Your Inner Voice
It is always advisable to follow your intuition. Your heart always knows what your head hasn't figured out. If you have a bad feeling about something, it is best if you don't follow through with it. On the same note, if you have a good feeling about someone, it is advisable to give them a chance, and who knows, you could make the best memories with them.
The key to happiness is in your hand. With all the disappointments that life keeps throwing at us every day, we are left with the option of creating our own happiness. If you want to be truly happy and you have no idea where to start, try making use of these 5 surprising secrets of true happiness and thank me later!