Global warming, how is it affecting the nature's beauty of our lands?
As global warming becomes a more pressing issue than ever, many countries worldwide are turning towards more eco-friendly solutions in their varied fields, such as employing green energy to decrease reliance on fossil fuels and lower the rate of resource exhaustion.
In recent years, one of the biggest fields of interest for Saudi Arabia has become sustainability and how to apply it generally nationwide, including its tourism industry. This effort focuses on preserving its historical sites to last many more years in their present beauty.
A study conducted through analyzing 38 years of weather data across stations around the Kingdom discovered that the overall temperature increase due to global warming will be 4.72°C by the end of the 21st century. This coincides with the IPCC Assessment Report which states that the overall temperature change around the globe will vary between 1.4 to 5.8°C.
As the Saudi Green Initiative launched; it announced at a forum held in October of 2021 that 60 projects will be implemented under its supervision with an investment of over SAR 700 billion. The aims of the initiative are divided into 3 main points:
- Reduction of emissions – cutting down carbon emissions by over 278 mtpa by 2030, with an aim to reach net zero by 2060, as well as contributing to efforts to decrease global methane emissions by 30% through joining the Global Methane Pledge.
- Raising protected areas – upping the percentage of protected areas to over 30% of its marine and terrestrial regions to bolster biodiversity and protect wildlife.
- Greening the Kingdom – rehabilitation of 40 million hectares of land, implementing a national approach to planting 10 billion trees which would improve air quality and combat desertification.
Eco travelers can journey across the Kingdom while appreciating on-the-ground efforts to maintain its natural beauty and limit negative effects on the planet. Plan your trip to see magnificent nature reserves and historic spots firsthand with Sana Tourism, your environmentally conscious guide in touring Saudi. Contact us now to get started!