World Heritage Sites

Is it any wonder that in this world with all of the pollution on the ground, in the air and in the water the World Wildlife Fund or WWF has given warning about the dangers World Heritage sites face. It has said that half of these sites are at risk from different industries such as mining, dredging, or drilling for oil.

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The statistics are rather sad as endangered are 114 of 229 sites. Other things that endanger these sites are illegal logging and unsustainable water use. All of this does not include the damage that climatic changes bring about. Some of the sites which are most affected are The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Grand Canyon National Park in the U.S., and Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries in China. The panda sanctuaries are home to over 30 percent of the world’s endangered pandas.

UNESCO World Heritage Center is urging government efforts to reduce what they take from the Earth. Another most unfortunate thing is that over 11 million people all over the globe rely on these World Heritage sites for food, water, shelter, jobs, and medicine, Therefore not only is the environment and wildlife endangered but also the livelihood of these people. So if you are given a voice to sign a petition or help in some other way and you can do it don’t hesitate for it is also up to us to do the best we can.


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