“What a country chooses to save is what a country chooses to say about itself,” writes Mollie Beattie, former director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Zion National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are the names of some of America’s most popular destinations – for decades these institutions of nature have housed some of the greatest natural wonders of the world and have been the destination of millions of visitors.
They are the protection of the nation against natural disasters. They decay and harbor thousands of different species in various ecosystems and environments. We know them, love them and need them, but how are we going to save them?
Unsurprisingly, climate change, deforestation, air pollution and many other environmental issues have impacted the state of many national parks, but human consumption and action have also contributed significantly to the adverse effects on parks and wildlife.
Whether you believe climate change and global warming exist is irrelevant. Undoubtedly, it has been scientifically proven that human existence and consumption have exacerbated the state of our global environment.
With wildfires ravaging California’s forests due to a gender reveal party and air pollution rising In the unlivable conditions in China, our actions have detrimental effects on our environment.
National parks are no exception — we must protect them and their benefits.
For example, national parks generate enormous amounts of natural and renewable resources and energy. In Yellowstone, hydrogen metabolizing organisms provide high levels of hydrogen, which allows Yellowstone’s high-temperature ecosystem to to keep itself without human intervention.
Moreover, in Costa Rica, the private reserve Children’s Eternal Forest provides water levels to businesses who use the resource to generate renewable electricity which then helps the country.
With impending climate change, many parks like the Grand Canyon have shifted to more sustainable practices, such as running buses powered by clean-burning compressed natural gas and water harvesting to run their fleets without harming the environment.
It also helps to protect natural resources, which is what national parks mainly do. The conservation and protection of our national parks has enabled ground stabilizationwhich prevents avalanches and landslides and reduces flooding by safeguarding wetlands and plains.
The National Parks Conservation Association helped prevent and ban splitting in the Delaware River Basin, a primary water source for more than 15 million people. The creation and maintenance of national parks help protect and reduce interference with natural resources and allow nature to build, develop and stabilize after disasters and significant human events.
The environmental and natural benefits of our national parks are only part of the broader impact these reserves have on our environment and on our society. The National Park Service currently job approximately 20,000 people and has nearly 300,000 volunteers who help protect and maintain the parks.
In addition, the economic impact of parks on society manifests itself in $41 billion benefit to the national economy. The socio-economic benefits of national parks help promote long-term employment and economic growth and further prove the importance of these reserves – and the necessity they are for our national well-being.
As Beattie said, what we choose to preserve in this country highlights our priorities. Conserving national parks has been an ongoing effort since 1872, when Yellowstone set a precedent in environmental stewardship.
Because the United States is a leader in pollution, waste, deforestation, and many other factors contributing to climate change, it is imperative that we recognize our role in this problem and do what we can to help. ‘mitigate. Global warming is inevitable, but we can make efforts to slow it down and stabilize the environment in the meantime.
Stories of family trips to the Grand Canyon or sightseeing in Acadia National Park are essential memories that we cannot let disappear for future generations. Our job now is to take responsibility for our actions and choices so that we can begin to make efforts to mitigate our negative impacts. We must protect the natural resources that have helped our earth for decades.
National parks have played such a vital role in the history of our country. They will undoubtedly continue in the future, but that will only happen if we consciously protect them and take a stand with Mother Nature.