Global warming is a topic about which most people have at least some familiarity. What would the world under water look like? CarbonStory launches a site that can now alert people about the catastrophic effects of global warming by giving viewers a unique tool that combines Google’s Street View with the expected rise in water level if current carbon dioxide levels from human activity continue to increase.
With CarbonStory’s interactive tool on their site’s page “World Under Water,” curious viewers can begin by inputting their city’s name or home address into the search box. Next, they will then be able to see how high water levels will have risen around the given area by the years 2025-2050.
In the promotional video provided by the CarbonStory website, such cities like New York, London and Paris will be indefinitely underwater given 2025-2050, the approximate year range mentioned on the site. Viewers can look at the Arc de Triomphe as it stands three quarters of its original height above the submerged streets of Paris.
Some skeptics still deny the effects of global warming, and have continued to resist, despite the increasing stream of scientific data backed by over 97 percent of top climate researchers from around the world. CarbonStory hopes that the launch of their new interactive tool will further convince non-believers of the impending emergency nearing its approach in the close future.
As CarbonStory launches its new feature, the site also mentions that while rising carbon dioxide levels trapped in the atmosphere have warmed the Earth, some scientists have gone to great lengths in the attempt to adapt to global warming. Some have even tried to genetically reconstruct chicken DNA to deal with warmer temperatures. If these sorts of things do not scare people enough, CarbonStory hopes that its shocking “World Under Water” interactive tool will have much more of an effect on viewers.
CarbonStory’s “World Under Water” interactive tool aims to encourage people to try to dramatically decrease their carbon footprints through showing the disturbing effects of climate change. The organization hopes the site gains enough momentum to eventually reach politicians in Washington D.C.
As the U.S. capital can also be seen submerged under water on the site, CarbonStory and other involved advocacy groups hope that legislation will be put in place upon politicians finally becoming painfully aware about global warming. However, CarbonStory’s site explains that every citizen around the globe will have to take action to slow down the process, and that this cannot be left to politicians alone.
Partnering with CarbonStory, Proximity Singapore and the advertising company BBDO are planning to celebrate World Environment Day on June 5. These two companies are working together to help CarbonStory in its fundraising goals, as well as helping the organization spread the word about advocacy projects focused on fighting global warming. Their goals, furthered by the new online tool, is to show people the disturbing reality that every human will have to face in the very near future. Humans will have to act fast and collectively in order to drastically lower current and future greenhouse gas emissions.
Through “World Under Water,” CarbonStory launches its new attempt to alert viewers about global warming using the organization’s new online interactive tool where anyone can input their own address and see their towns and cities submerged under water. By their slogan “Raise your voice, not the sea levels,” CarbonStory, Proximity Singapore and BBDO hope to quickly raise awareness so people can work to offset greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible.
By Scott Gaudinier