Imagine your street, your school, or your neighborhood completely underwater. This isn’t the plot of a futuristic sci-fi movie. Instead, it’s a potential reality if sea levels continue rising because of global warming.
WorldUnderWater.org’s homepage reads, “Sea levels are rising. Soon, climate change won’t just affect people living in coastal regions, but each and every one of us.”
The site emphasizes the scary effects of climate change by allowing users to type in any address around the world. It then shows what that location will look like when sea levels rise. It’s both startling and effective. According to World Under Water, we can expect the oceans to rise by up to 6 feet in the next 100 years.
Just this week, NASA released research that a major section of Antarctica’s ice sheets will melt completely in coming centuries and raise sea levels much higher than predicted if climate change continues at this rate. The area has enough ice to raise global sea levels by 4 feet.
In addition to the powerful visual, facts about global warming appear on the screen. These include: “Many fish species, a critical food source for many, will move because of warm waters” and “Even a small amount of sea level rise will have profound and largely negative effects.”
After showing what the water levels will look like, the website — powered by CarbonStory, a social enterprise fighting climate change — helps you figure out how to take action.
CarbonStory lets you to calculate your carbon footprint based on your housing, food intake, and transportation, among other factors. Then you can find out ways how to offset it by supporting green projects around the world.
Other ways to you can reduce your carbon footprint are listed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s website. These include switching to energy-saving light bulbs and saving water by only running the dishwasher when you have a full load. Recycling paper, beverage containers, and batteries are also easy ways to make a positive impact.
Challenge: Have your teens look up their school or neighborhood and post a picture below! What was their reaction to World Under Water? How will you reduce your carbon footprint? Share in the comments!