"To conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such a manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."
-National Park Service Mission, 1916 Organic Act
Climate change is a reality of our world today. Scientists studying climate, or the pattern of weather over a long period of time, have noticed a warming trend that has inescapable consequences for people as well as the earth's many ecosystems. As evidence of human contribution toward climate change increases, Mount Rainier National Park is making a serious commitment toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable practices. Sustainability is managing and preserving the earth's natural resources so they are passed on to future generations in a healthy and abundant manner.
"Sustainability does not require a loss in the quality of life, but does require a change in mind-set, a change in values toward less consumptive lifestyles. These changes must embrace global interdependence, environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic viability."
- National Park Service: Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design
Sustainable Park Practices
Here are a few examples of environment-friendly projects and practices at Mount Rainier:
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Climate Friendly Parks
What You Can Do
Information about climate change from the National Parks Conservation Association, including the report "Unnatural Disasters: Global Warming and Our National Parks".
Did You Know?
1,122 inches, or 93.5 feet (28.5 meters), of snow fell at Paradise over the winter of 1971-1972, setting the world record at the time for measured snowfall in a single year. More...