Climate Change: the science, drivers and impacts. Individual Task.


The climate change observed in Venice is a commonly used example for tourism education. Not only does climate change have a detrimental effect on the city’s environment, it causes serious impacts on the tourism industry.


This image shows pedestrians using a walkway over Saint Marks Square which has flooded. This is now considered a common occurrence in Venice and demonstrates the severity of flooding and its possible impacts on tourism.



The 5 minute video about gives the viewer a basic indication of the conditions in Venice related to Climate Change. It shows Saint Marks Square flooded with water, yet there are still large numbers of tourists visiting and the floods seem to discourage very few. It can be argued that the floods that occur have almost become an attraction themselves.

It goes on to initiate ideas as to what architecture structures can replace Venice’s historic buildings when they erode or become unusable.



The above image shows a man walking through the flood waters reading the newspaper. It is unsure whether this man is a local or tourist but it reminds you that these flood waters do not only affect tourism in Venice, but they have a major impact on the local residents. They have had to adapt to these changes happening in their environment and it may possibly worsen.



The following link takes you to an article which shows amazing pictures demonstrating the severity of Climate Change around the city. It shows everyday people wading through water which almost reach’s their waists, shops with stock sitting above the water and even a man wakeboarding next to Saint Marks Square. It demonstrates the inevitable effects that rising sea levels and storm surges have on the historic buildings and how some locals have adapted to living directly in water.



“The map above shows areas of Venice, Italy that would be flooded at various stages of sea level rise” (Geology, 2011). This particular image shows the effects if the sea levels rise above 7m. It is intended to provide an accurate impression of “which geographic areas might be flooded if global warming and climate change continue unabated” (Geology, 2011).



This video has been created to encourage turning solutions into actions, which is necessary in order for Venice to survive. Venice was originally built on wooden poles hammered into the muddy ground and the city has been slowly sinking, making the city extremely vulnerable to flooding. Without intervention, Venice’s future is questionable due to its sinking floor, rising sea levels and storm surges.



Relation to TEFI Values

This issue relates especially to stewardship, which explores the issues of sustainability, responsibility and service to the community. Venice must implement strategies to help minimize the effects that climate change has on the city. Those in charge have a responsibility to ensure that there is a future for Venice and its residents.

In order for effective strategies to be implemented to combat climate change, there must be collaboration. This issue will not be solved or reduced through the actions on one individual. It requires collaboration and team work between a variety of people and organizations. As one of the videos suggested, leaders need to turn solutions into actions. Being pro-active is the only way forward to ensure that there is a future for Venice.

Solutions to this issue require innovation and creative thinking. What is occurring in Venice is unfortunately now not uncommon as a number of countries are now experiencing similar and more prominent effects from climate change – yet there is no easy solution.



Geology. (2011) Venice, Italy – Sea Level Rise Map. Retrieved from




One Response to “Climate Change: the science, drivers and impacts. Individual Task.”

  1. Christian Schott says:

    Kia Ora Lilly

    You have compiled some very powerfull images and videos to highlight the severity of the aqua alta and climate change issues in Venice. It is great to see that you don’t just document the status quo but that you also look for directions forward and responses. Also the TEFI principle is well discussed. It would have been interesting to also examine the ethical implications of these events and the dynamics behind them.

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