November 9, 2011
I work in the national parks for the past 20 years, primarily in Everglades Nat. Park in Florida and Crater Lake Nat. Park in Oregon. I have personally witnessed the impacts of climate change with sea level rise and coastal erosion in the Everglades. Plus, Everglades is one of the most degraded ecosystems in the world. It has been hammered with extreme water drainage from the wetlands to the urban areas; pollution (such as mercury) from the cities in stressing the ecosystem, introduction of harmful exotic organisms such as pythons and Brazilian Pepper, and urban sprawl shrinking the natural habitat. At Crater Lake, I have personally witnessed diminished snow pack over the past 20 years and Whitebark Pines reduction due to climate change. In addition, park visitors have been asking me about climate change while I have lead ranger programs over the past 13 years. Plus, in my spare time I have vigorously read as my as I can about climate change.
A chance to network with like minded people who are also as passionate about climate change as I am. I hope to find mutual encouragement to meet people who want to take action to resolve climate change. Brainstorm and share of other members on the most effective communication techniques to get out the message that climate change is real, happening and caused by man. I hope to find others who are also interested in careers and going to back to school to study about climate change.
I am a seasonal naturalist park ranger at Crater Lake Nat. Park, Oregon. Climate change is my life's passion. Looking to go to grad school to study climate change communication. Also involved with Toastmasters & Missouri Zen Center locally.