Have you ever been to a National Park in the United States? If not, you sure are missing out on the magnificent, breathtaking views. But, unfortunately, as a repercussion of our bad environmental habits, these National Parks are at severe risk of being destroyed in the future. These habits include: climate change, increases in water demand, air pollution, and adjacent development, just to name a few.
Climate change is being perceived through global warming. Glaciers may melt away as they are at Glacier National Park in Montana. Also, fire seasons may grow in length and severity, shifting landscapes.
Water is becoming an issue as increasing human demands shrink supplies on which aquatic species depend.
An example of the air pollution these National Parks are facing is at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Park didn’t get its name for its smog, but it is one of many parks seriously affected by the problem. At Great Smoky, power plant and industrial emissions are blown by winds to the Southern Appalachians and trapped there by the mountains.
Adjacent development problems are showing through housing developments and industrial sights, etc.
If we don’t take action soon, not only with the intent to help National Parks, but also the universe, we won’t ever be able to experience the enchanting beauty of these sights again.
What are ways we can help?
- Reduce your use of petroleum, whether that entails buying an electric car, switching from a gas to electric stove or just walking or riding your bike to your destinations.
- Say no to bottled water, and start using a canteen or water bottle.
- Save energy by washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot.
Become active in the fight to prevent the destruction of the National Parks. Also, you can visit http://www.doyourpartparks.org/ to learn more.
~ Cheyenne Caraway