Climate Change

Photo of Jon Jarvis
Jon Jarvis, Director of
the National Park Service

"The management implications for protecting species, biological communities, and physical resources within finite land management boundaries in a rapidly changing climate are complex and without precedent."
Jon Jarvis, former Director of the National Park Service, October 28, 2009

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Earth and it's complex systems.

What is Climate Change?

Climate change is the long-term shift in global temperatures. Climate change has many factors, but the main cause of rising global temperatures are the result of increased levels of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere. Greenhouse gasses trap heat. The more heat we have around our planet, the more our average global temperature increases. We see the effects of climate change in Alaska's melting glaciers, rise in water levels, and decline of several species. We see more direct effects of climate change here in Alaska than any where else in the United States

What you can do to help:

Little changes make big differences. Think small for big impacts!

  • Recycle
  • Tread Lightly! and GreenScape
  • Buy local products--products that are not local travel a long way to your supermarket, which uses tons of fuels.
  • Use push lawn mowers
  • If possible, install solar panels or invest in alternative energy sources
  • Make sure your house is properly sealed and weather tight
  • Repair toilet and facet leaks right away.
  • Education


The 3 arrows of recycling
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


What we're doing

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Teaching Climate Change

The Alaska Public Lands Information Center Anchorage currently has a climate change kit geared towards grades 3-8. The kit features readings and videos about climate change. Also included is a "Build your own solar car" activity! 

National Park Service Alaska Department of Economic Commerce US Fish and Wildlife Services Bureau Land Management
NASA NOAA US Forest Service USGS

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