Places to Go...

"Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe."  --Anatole France

Towering above the African plain is Ngàja Ngái or, “The House of God,” better known as Kilimanjaro to you and me.  It stands 19,341 feet above sea level and is one of the destinations listed in 100 Places to Go Before They Disappear.  Kili is included here, because between 1912 and 2003 it lost about 80% of its ice fields and scientists estimate that by 2020, its remaining snowcap will disappear.

The book covers natural places (such as the Indus and Yangtze rivers, the Great Barrier Reef and the Kalahari Desert) and also cities where the current way of life is threatened (like in Venice, Tokyo and Timbuktu).  Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri of  the United Nations says in the forward, “I think people have to be informed, not only about those very pristine places on this planet, which we have always valued and cherished for their natural beauty, but also about the economic risks for the future.”  However, the book doesn’t dwell on the negativity of its task.  It offers breathtaking photographs of sweeping landscapes, ever-changing cities and some of the people who share our planet.  It gives us hope that we will turn things around in time to fix the problems and keep our world beautiful. 

You may want to check 100 Places out to get ideas for your next trip—some of these places might not be the same for much longer…  And while you’re at it, maybe look into the different ways you can offset the carbon emissions caused by your flight.  Travel is a wonderful and necessary way to see the world, but sadly, it also comes with an environmental cost.  Luckily, there are things we can do to make our footprint a little lighter.

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