Climate Friendly Parks
Do Your Part! for Climate Friendly Parks is the first interactive online program in the country that provides national park visitors and supporters with tools to understand and reduce their carbon footprints. Do Your Part! is sponsored by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) in support of the National Park Service's Climate Friendly Parks program.
Why is Do Your Part! important? Our national parks are being impacted daily by both natural events and and human activity. Do Your Part! offers national park visitors educational opportunities to do their part to protect our natural resources.
How much of a difference can Do Your Part! make? People often feel their actions are too small to have an impact on an issue as big as global warming. However, when taken together, many small actions can make a big difference. In 2011 nearly 272 million visitors visited our national park system. That number is expected to rise 10% in 2012. If even a fraction of those visitors begin making simple changes at home and on the road, the effect would be enormous.
Visit the Do Your Part! website for additional information.
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