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The Shocking Effect of Climate Change and Global Warming on Glaciers

Climate change / Global Warming / Greenhouse Gasses. We hear and read about it with an increasing frequency. But until you see the effect of climate change and global warming on Swiss glaciers, it is hard to imagine what it really means. Last week we decided to go to the mountains. As Chloe-Sofia will start school soon, and Alex is looking for a new job, we felt we needed a break before we dive into this new school year in full force.

Zermatt is a popular and famous Swiss ski destination. It is a beautiful, stylish village which reachable only by train. It is also the starting point for anyone who wants to see Matterhorn (4,478 m). We decided to take a train up to the Gornergrat to get a good look at the mountain and the glaciers. In the photos below, you can see the effect of climate change and global warming. It is shocking how much ice has been lost in such a short time.


THE GORNER GLACIER

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THE ALETSCH GLACIERclimate change_global warming_sustainable swiss blog_currently wearing


What can you do to reduce your emission of greenhouse gasses? Just a few ideas:

  • #shopstop – stop buying new clothes unless you need it (wear your clothes longer, take better care of it, learn to repair it, favor buying clothes at second-hand stores or on an online marketplace such as @depop @vinted @thredup @vestiercollective).
  • Reduce the number of flights that you take, and choose public transport/ carpooling/ bicycles instead of traveling by car.
  • If you travel by car, you can offset your carbon emissions via myclimate.org.
  • Reduce the amount of meat you eat (if going vegan is too much for you).
  • Use only the energy that you need it (switch off the lights, heating, AC/ TV, etc.).
  • Connect your house to clean, renewable energy (if possible).
Which of these ideas do you find feasible for you? Let me know in the comments below.
2 Comments
  • Jennifer
    17.08.2020

    I do most of this expect public transportation. Where I live it’s basically non existent.

    Jennifer
    Curated by Jennifer

    • Miri
      17.08.2020

      I know that the situation in the USA is different to Europe when it comes to public transport. Can you believe that I don’t have a driving licence? I have never felt the need to having it. But the USA is much bigger and built differently than Europe.

      Hugs, Miri

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