“Many of the United States’ iconic landmarks and heritage sites are at risk as never before. Sea level rise, coastal erosion, increased flooding, heavy rains, and more frequent wildfires are damaging archaeological resources, historical buildings, and cultural landscapes across the nation.” National Landmarks at Risk report by the UNS.
From east to west we are seeing changes in the weather patterns. The Polar Vortex, super storm Sandy, severe drought, intense wildfires. You name it. In the past few years we have been experiencing drastic climate change that no longer is a distant threat, but something real that needs to be addressed immediately. The range and scale of impacts are alarming and after reading the report recently published by the Union of Concerned Scientists, it brings up a whole other issue some of us weren’t even aware was happening.
Who would have thought of Landmarks when it came to climate change? Mainly what comes to mind is the actual facts like rising sea levels, fires, floods, coastal erosion. Nevertheless, buildings and monuments are as much a part of our landscape as rivers and forests. They are a part of our culture and they tell our story as a civilization.
This is why the “National Landmarks at Risk Report” caught our attention. In the report, the UNS details how 30 landmarks across the United States may be irreparably damaged or even lost due to the effects of climate change. From rising seas jeopardizing future operations at Kennedy Center in Florida and coastal erosion washing away irreplaceable archaeological sites in Alaska, to wildfires affecting nineteenth-century California Gold Rush towns. It is pretty astonishing the extension of the damage scientist predict will occur.
For us this is a call to action! Even though the consequences are already underway, we still have time to make a difference.
If you are interested in reading more here is an article published by UCLA newsroom regarding a study led on climate change and emission reduction.