Venice floods depict grim future

The majority of central Venice, Italy is flooded due to an irregular amount of rain and flooded rivers with waters up to 1.87 meters, which is the worst flooding in Venice in over 50 years, according to the Associated Press.

St. Mark’s Basilica has been forced to close because of the potential water ruin. The amount of damage that can be done has the potential to ruin hundreds of years of history. The issue is the saltwater that is seeping through because the salt can cause irreparable damage. 

This flooding is affecting the lives of those that work, live and visit Venice. There is no action that can be done to save the situation that Venice is currently in but as the world is slowly being negatively affected by climate change, one can hope that serious changes will be made.

The most saddening fact about this is that it could have been handled better and prevented with immediate action. The remedy is action but there is little being done to rectify the damage we have done to the planet. 

It is obvious that the world is changing toward a world that is unable to sustain life. 

The world is rapidly succumbing to the effects of climate change and it only seems that more action is not being done, and as time progresses, the effects worsen. Even after all of the natural disasters that are worsening and occurring more frequently, there is nothing being done to combat climate change. 

The results of climate change is not only affecting Venice, it can be seen globally. 

The Marshall Islands is another area where damage is being done that is irreparable. 

Due to the rise in sea level the Marshall Islands tomb, which holds radioactive waste is slowly deteriorating. The amount of radioactive waste is detrimental to the health of humans.

“But as seas have gotten higher in the area — the water has risen about 7 millimeters per year since 1993 — water has begun to seep into the soil beneath the dome,” reported 

This new phenomenon is frightening but not surprising. It feels as if every new piece of information about the world being swallowed up by the effects of climate change is no longer shocking, but rather a wake up call.

There is not much time left to sit back and do nothing. If we want a future for our children to flourish in, then change needs to be made.

While small actions made by individuals are helpful and make a difference, the fate of the planet rests in the hands of large corporations, who continue to pollute the planet.

Unsigned editorials represent the opinion of the Campus Times Editorial Board.

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