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Journeys Through America is a nonprofit organization providing educational material for all school-aged children across the country. The program will form partnerships with local school districts to provide children with a new, interactive, educational experience integrating the history of America and its National Parks. Journeys Through America's goal is to foster a fun and adventurous learning environment that will promote altruistic growth within our children and our greater community.

Saving our Parks

By Dec 15th 2010 No Comments »

Today, we hear more and more about the effects of “climate change”.  Scientists tell us there is little doubt that human activities are having a major impact on the atmosphere and ecosystems or our planet.

Glaciers and snow packs are melting, stream and lake temperatures are going up, coastal erosion is increasing, and changes in weather patterns are leading to heat waves and drought, both locally and regionally.  According to researchers the magnitude and pace of these changes, as well as additional ones, are unprecedented in human history.

Regardless of their causes, we must do what we can to manage these impacts and adapt to the new circumstances they bring. Perhaps the same wisdom that preserved our heritage in the past can guide us in making choices for the future.

For us throughout this journey, we witnessed these affects firsthand:  The heartbreaking “then and now”, photographs at Montana’s Glacier National Park and the disturbing prediction that most of the glaciers in the Park will be completely gone by 2030. Or that warmer winters have enabled bark beetles to significantly increase mortality of white bark pines- the critical food source for the grizzly bears of Yellowstone National park, this lowering the grizzlies’ survival rates and making them more likely to experience human conflicts in their search for alternative foods.  Each year floods and fires have damaged historic structures and are threatening the loss and archeological sites at parks such as Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain Nation Parks.  Due to the climate warning, Joshua trees soon may no longer be found in the park bearing their name ., As Joshua trees require cool winters and freezing temperatures in order to flower and set their seeds.  And the list continues…

This journey opened my eyes to our natural surroundings and more aware of the sad effects we as a society are taking on nature. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere today are higher than they’ve been in over 650,000 years.  So, I ask you all to take a look around you and see what your carbon footprint is.  What can you do to conserve and reduce energy use.  Become “carbon neutral.” Change to more energy efficient light bulbs and appliances, unplug computers and electronic devises when they are not in use, use public transportation whenever and as often as you can. Every individual has the ability make the change and conserve and reduce energy use. The choice is yours, but I for one want to enjoy our parks for many, many years to come…

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