Better Visit the Marshall Islands Now...Before They Cease to Exist
There are some places that we encourage you to visit before they become overrun and overpopulated with tourists, before they change and lose pieces of their authenticity.
Then there's the Marshall Islands, which we're insisting you visit before they cease to exist. You know, those islands where we tested all the nuclear weapons back during the second world war? Well, looks like they're getting the short end of the stick again, and this time it might be fatal.
Last week, this string of islands in the South Pacific, about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii, told the United Nations that unless climate change action was taken immediately, rising sea levels will drown the country by the end of the century. That means the islands have about 87 years to live, and the situation would get pretty bad well before then.
In addition to pleading for large nations to cease with the abstract discussion and move forward with real climate change initiatives, including the reduction of greenhouse gasses, the government has also begun investing in land in Fiji in case they are forced to relocate. Human migration, it seems, is not a thing of the past.
So, if you ever had hopes of visiting this remote part of the world, you'd better get on it. This is by no means meant to devalue the situationobviously the problem is much more tragic than travelers losing a destinationbut the country could no doubt use your tourism dollars to put toward the fight, not to mention a little understanding from residents of large nations.
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