One of my grandma’s good friends who lives in an area bordering the Mississippi River has a saying. It goes like this, “I lost so much land to the Mississippi I must own half of Louisiana!” What she is saying is that so much of her land bordering the river is washed down the Mississippi that she must own some of Louisiana. In some parts of the country, this is a serious problem. When thousands of pounds of dirt are eroded off the river coastline, it poses a serious problem. So what happens when the Mississippi gets angry?
Last year torrential downpours raised the Mississippi to astounding levels. People where evacuated from their homes, farmers lost thousands of acres of land, and the city of Baton Rouge barely avoided catastrophe. Contrary to how it may appear from my previous paragraph, the Mississippi River is vital to America. Fifty cities rely on it every day for water. It is also immensely important to the shipping industry. So what happens when it dries up?
The Mississippi draws its water from a glacier fed lake named Lake Itasca. So now you probably think so what? Well here’s what. In the movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore showed a graph that shows that in the next 100 years all of the ice at the north pole could melt. In that ice is glaciers, and do you know what feeds the Mississippi River? A glacier! If all the glaciers melt what will happen to the river?
I think that first the river will have a surge of water and possibly flood. Then it would dry up. This would cripple our country. Forty cities depend on it for water, so millions will go thirsty. Also it will be a huge hit to the the shipping industry if we don’t do something.
Because of the negative effects that global warming poses to the Mississippi, we need to look more seriously at global warming. We need to spread the facts and educate people. We need to make stricter laws. The first part of solving a problem is knowing you have one. I heard a politician on the radio say that he was going to make the hard decisions and say no instead of yes. Our leaders need to realize that we have a problem and make the hard decision -the right decision. But just like the frog in the water, we are going to need someone or something to come pull us out. So who is it going be? Is is going to be our politicians that save us from global warming, or are we going to have to face the effects of millions of gallons of rushing water?