Did you think that global warming was just o joke? Something that will never affect t you? You should think again as the issue is getting more serious. An Alaskan village voted to relocate because the global warming made impossible to live there.
- An Alaskan village has to relocate because of climate change.
- There will be more people who will have to because the sea level is rising.
Shishmaref is a village located on a tiny island that separates the United States and Russia. According to the report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it is losing 10 feet of shoreline each year due to climate change. This means that the people who lived there were in danger. This is the reason why the residents decided to relocate. There was 89 votes to live and 78 to stay. The voting took place this week and there still some papers to do before they will move from that place.
However, this is not the first time when Shishmaref people have made this decision. They voted in 2002 too, but they have decided to stay. There are more communities in Alaska that had to relocate because of the global warming. The other option was to stay there and see their houses underwater in the future. We are sure more villages will have to deal with climate change. They will have to decide if they leave the place or stay under the threat all the time.
There are people who had lived in the same place for generations and they do not want to live. It will be very hard for them, as it would be for any of us. What will happen to them? The authorities will relocate them, but the cost will 180 million dollars. They want federal funding because this could be too expensive for them. There are places which can be used. However, the relocation could take 10 years so the authorities will have time to build new houses.
There are many people who want to help them. Global warming is a huge issue for all of us. Someday, we could have to relocate because our houses would be in danger. The sea level will rise and this means we have to think of ways of saving us while we still can. The Alaskan village has already moved some houses and built sea walls but the problem is still there.
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