Showing posts from January, 2014

Musings: Is environmentalism for the environment... or for humans?


See America: Reviving New Deal artwork to celebrate our national parks

I love it when art and nature come together. There is currently a great deal of excitement surrounding a new project by the Creative Action Network and the National Parks Conservation Association that unites these two elements in celebration of America's national parks.

The "See America" project is a campaign for which artists can submit posters featuring national parks, monuments and historic sites, created in the same style as the original "See America" posters commissioned by the Works Progress Administration over 75 years ago.  A goal of this campaign is to inspire today's generation of Americans to visit, appreciate, and reconnect with these national treasures.

One of the best parts of this project is its accessibility - anyone with a talent for art and a passion for nature can create and submit a poster.  Our national parks are for everyone, and so is this project!

Any endeavor that gets people excited to be in the outdoors and to appreciate our nat…

In the news: Does cold weather disprove climate change?

Climate change has been a hot topic in the news media and social networking world lately, but the discourse has been far from productive.  Climate change deniers have gleefully taken the opportunity to point to the unfathomably cold winter storm currently blasting the eastern half of the United States, as well as the story about climate change scientists getting stuck in sea ice in Antarctica (oh, they love the irony of that situation!) as "proof" that climate change is not happening. They've even gone so far as to suggest that the earth is, in fact, experiencing "global cooling".

I think this is a good time to review the difference between weather and climate.

Merriam-Webster defines WEATHER as follows:
"the state of the air and atmosphere at a particular time and place : the temperature and other outside conditions (such as rain, cloudiness, etc.) at a particular time and place." Key to understanding weather is that it is limited to a particular t…

Wanderings: First Day Hike at Deception Pass State Park