Friday, May 11, 2012

Your Heart Breakers

Maybe it helps to hear the names of actual places.  Fox News listed the ten most precious places that could disappear due to climate change.

While reading the list, I thought of places closer to home and heart.  You cannot go home again, things change, including ourselves.  This is all too true.  But some places have a permanence, a personal connection that enriches our fleeting existence on this big blue marble.

These are places where I've found transporting solace, or shared wonderful times with friends and family inspired by the surroundings, or simply felt blessed by their sheer beauty.  They are part of me. 

It would break my heart if they disappeared, or were altered beyond recognition and meaning because humans cannot stop over stuffing the atmosphere with carbon and other pollutants. 

From the bursting cherry blossoms in Brooklyn to the high cliffs and underwater shoreline of a certain Pacific beach, from the shimmering wetlands near that little lick of land on the east end of Long Island to our secret campsite deep in the pine barrens, these are only a few of the places very dear to me.

I'm sure you have many of your own.  Sorry to say, every one of them could be in jeopardy within decades due to climate change. 

The good news is it's not all doom and gloom.  It can't be.  The list is delivered with some optimism -- there are things you can do to keep your heart intact.

Support clean energy businesses, drive a fuel efficient car, demand green data, keep up with the issues, tell your friends, ride your bike, vote for clean energy, and eat less meat to name but a few.  Here's some more things you can do right now.

Fox's full list of famous places with things you can do per place to prevent their disappearance, and in shorthand here:

Venice, Italy
The Himalayas
Wine Regions
African Lion Habitats
The Amazon
The Alps
Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Machu Picchu, Peru

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