We are RVers and have made several cross -country trips across the US, stopping at national parks along the way. In our first three month cross county trip in 2008, most of the National Parks has a global warming display, mostly in the lobby of the visitor center. These displays focused on the anthropogenic contribution to warming. In 2011 when we made another cross country trip, we saw far fewer global warming displays, and those we did see we tucked in the back corner, no longer in the lobby.
But, we will soon see the return of the anthropogenic global warming displays, demonstrating how humans are destroying the planet with CO2 emissions. There is a new effort afoot to educate national park visitors on anthropogenic global warming.
The National Park Service trains staff to talk to visitors about global warming; an initiative that has won support in the highest reaches of the administration. Earlier this month, the White House issued a directive asking the Park Service to create a national blueprint for climate education. Park rangers won’t be required to teach climate change. But officials say the project will encourage parks to up their educational offerings.
I have always use the opportunity to test how much the Park Rangers new about the science behind global warming and found most of them did not know much, only the talking point they had been given. If accosted by a Park Ranger in the coming year, I suggest you test their knowledge on the science of global warming. Of course that assumes you know the science. And having some tidbits of knowledge to share like, no warming in 18 years, sea level rise is not accelerating, quietest hurricane season in nine years, food production is up 15% due to increased CO2 levels, climate related deaths have been in decline since the 1930s, Antarctic ice is highest level since measurements started, Arctic ice has stopped melting and has reached normal levels, and the list goes on.