For the 350.org global Climate Impacts Day, Connect the Dots event in May 2012, a small group of Dallas area residents set out to determine why heat waves in Dallas are getting worse and why drought and wildfires are increasingly affecting the state. (Taken near the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake, Dallas, TX.)
One hundred youth from the Jordan Valley, Amman, and Salt, gathered at the shores of the Dead Sea today, organized by Friends of the Earth Middle East. The youth held balloons to symbolize the dramatic 26 meter drop in the Dead Sea water levels since the 1960s. The balloons were red, warning of the immediate need for action, and extended to different heights up to 26 meters, demonstrating the continuously declining water levels throughout the years.
Dead Sea levels have been steadily dropping since the 1960s at the rate of one meter per year due to poor water management in the region. This impact is compounded by climate change and unpredictable weather patterns. Droughts and heat waves are becoming more intense in a region that is extremely water poor. Population growth further stresses water resources such as the Jordan River, which feeds the Dead Sea.
We are gathering on this day of action to commemorate the Dead Sea, a unique natural wonder that is the lowest point on earth. The alarmingly rapid collapse of the unmatched Dead Sea ecosystem embodies the struggles the region faces with climate impacts. We need immediate action—in Jordan and the entire region—to ensure water availability and accessibility for the future. Connect the dots.