We should protect Jordan’s natural beauty before it’s too late

Everyone should try to take some time off, disconnect from society, and visit some of nature’s most beautiful treasures

Leen Hajjar
Leen Hajjar - Al Arabiya News
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As a child, I grew up valuing the Earth and all it has to offer. I remember teachers and parents always informing me about protecting the Earth and its valuable resources. Throughout school, teachers frequently advised my friends and I to recycle paper, and required us to attend environmental lectures. Climate change, however, has been a common concern among many around the world.

Recently, Arab countries have witnessed unstable weather conditions and global warming has become a huge threat to our planet. Earth is home to some of the most breathtaking places, and citizens across the globe should try to embrace it. The small Middle Eastern country of Jordan is an example; it is home to some of Earth’s natural wonders.

Last week, Saudi Arabia witnessed severe flooding, which killed at least two people and forced schools and public offices to close in both Makkah and Jeddah. This week, residents in some parts of Saudi Arabia were urged to remain indoors following another round of heavy rain. In the Kingdom’s Al-Qassim province, rainfall combined with hail was shown in videos sent by viewers to Al Arabiya.

Heavy rain also slammed Bahrain, flooding many roads and causing severe traffic. Rainfall safety instructions were released to ensure the security of Bahrain’s residents amid the unstable weather conditions.

October 2015 was the warmest on record for the globe, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The planet’s temperature departure from its average of 1.04 Celsius in October is the greatest of any month ever recorded by NASA, according to a Washington Post report.

Despite the recent terror attacks in Paris, global leaders are scheduled to attend the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 30 in the French capital. The conference’s objective is to achieve a universal agreement on climate change, aimed to keep global warming below 2°C.

It is evident that climate change is a great threat to our planet. Citizens across the globe must focus on protecting the Earth and appreciating its many wonders.

Jordan is home to some of the most beautiful, nature-friendly destinations, encouraging citizens and tourists to embrace Earth’s deserts, valleys, and natural reserves.

Dana Biosphere Reserve is Jordan’s largest nature reserve, covering 320 square kilometers of mountains and valleys, located in south-central Jordan. Dana supports a wide variety of wildlife, including 700 plant species and 37 mammal species. Its remote canyons and trails allow visitors to engage in various activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and bird watching. Dana is also rich in archaeology and culture, providing guests with the chance to visit old Ottoman houses, historic Byzantine churches, and terraced gardens where villagers cultivate fruit and herbs. Its diverse environment and staggering beauty invites visitors to rejoice in one of Jordan’s natural wonders.

Wadi Rum is an extensive, golden, reddish-colored desert filled with sandstone mountains, canyons, and dunes, located in the south of Jordan. Huge mountains dominate, surrounded by sandy valleys and narrow canyons with rock drawings engraved by ancient civilizations. Its most popular activities include hiking, camel riding, camping, star gazing, and sunset watching, allowing visitors to enjoy the tranquility of the remote area.

Wadi Mujib is a mountainous sandstone gorge that enters the Dead Sea at 410 meters below sea level, south of Amman, combined with the lowest-altitude nature reserve in the world. The reserve is located within the Wadi Mujib gorge and is home to more than 300 species of plants, 10 species of carnivores, and numerous species of birds. Not only does its wildlife encourage guests to engage with nature’s diverse species, but its spectacular river canyon also allows visitors to hike through water trails, swim in rivers, and reach breathtaking, 20-meter-high waterfalls.

These places are natural wonders away from civilization and the many toxins that are destroying the earth. Everyone should try to take some time off, disconnect from society, and visit some of nature’s most beautiful treasures.

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