Our national parks have been called “America’s best idea,” and Americans are proud of the special places we have protected for the inspiration and enjoyment of current and future generations. But protected areas from Florida to Alaska face new challenges on a warming planet, and melting sea ice means that a newly vulnerable area – the Arctic – is increasingly threatened by offshore oil drilling and industrial fishing. Protecting the Arctic is emerging as one of the great environmental challenges of our age – so what lessons can we learn from earlier generations who came together and won protection for the parks, sanctuaries, and wildlife refuges that we enjoy today?
Some Esperanza crew pose after a hike to exit glacier.
We’re 500 miles south of the Arctic Circle and the crew of the Esperanza has already come face to face with the dire effects of climate change.This last week we docked in Seward, Alaska to make final preparations to sail around Alaska on this summer’s Save the Arctic Tour. In our off hours, the crew was excited to get off the ship and explore Kenai Fjords National Park. But on our hike to Exit Glacier, we couldn’t miss the impacts of climate change. Continue reading →