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RMNP Announces Kick-Off Of Website To Address Global Warming

On June 16″, the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading voice for the national parks, will join Rocky Mountain National Park in announcing the launch of a new website, Do Your Part for Climate Friendly Parks, which empowers visitors to RMNP to reduce their personal greenhouse gas emissions and help Rocky Mountain National Park and national parks nationwide become leaders in combating global warming. The public is invited to stop by the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to learn more about the Do Your Part website. NPCA and NPS staff will be available to explain the program and to answer questions.

“Do Your Part for Climate Friendly Parks is an opportunity for every individual to make small changes in their lives which will make a difference in the health of our national parks,” said Karen Hevel-Mingo NPCA’s Southwest Regional Senior Program Coordinator.

Developed in concert with the National Park Service’s Climate Friendly Parks program, the website, www.doyourpartparks.org encourages national park visitors to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and thereby help to protect America’s national parks from the effects of global warming. Visitors choose from a drop-down list of national parks, create a personal profile, and pledge to take climate-friendly actions that would then ‘benefit’ that individual national park.

According to the website, if only five percent of national park visitors substituted 10 percent of their current electricity use with greener sources of power, they would save 11 billion lbs. of CO2 per year.
“Rocky Mountain National Park is excited to be working with the NPCA on this important issue,” said Superintendent Vaughn Baker. “We are all are interested in learning more about what actions we can take to lessen our impact on the earth.”

Rocky Mountain National Park is listed on www.doyourpartparks.org/romo and is among the 40 parks nationwide that has joined the Park Service’s Climate Friendly Parks program and committed to taking on the ground action to address global warming.

In 2007, NPCA published Unnatural Disaster, a report about the ongoing and forecasted effects-of global warming in national parks nationwide. In its report, NPCA offered recommended actions for federal, state, and local governments, and individuals, to slow, and in some cases halt, the damage from global warming to our national parks.

About the National Parks Conservation Association: Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System. NPCA, its 340,000 members, and partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for generations to come.

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