Photo taken at: Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland
Climate change is threatening Scotland’s heritage. Half of the 3,000 historical sites of Orkney Islands will disappear due to rising sea levels. “Heritage is falling into the sea,” says Professor Jane Downes, director of the Archaeology Institute at the University of Highlands and Islands. The stone villages and Neolithic tombs on Orkney Islands are some of the world’s oldest structures, which have survived for 5,000 years until now. The current extent and pace of erosion is alarming. Since 1970, Orkney beaches have eroded twice as fast than in the previous century. Rains are falling heavier and more often dissolving the soil and sand packs that protect the artifacts. In recent summers, archaeologists and students have tried to save the Scottish heritage by digging and cataloging places in danger. The remains will eventually disappear and future generations will only have the record and some artifacts recovered by the 1,200 volunteers to know the story of the Scots’ ancestors. How do you think we can protect our heritages from climate change?