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Year of Plenty

Need to Visit Glacier National Park Before All the Glaciers are Gone

I've never been to Glacier National Park and I've heard it's just beautiful. My urgency in wanting to some day soon make a visit was increased yesterday when I saw a report that the park had just lost 2 more glaciers to warming temps and would soon be without any.

Glacier National Park has lost two more of its glaciers to climate change and many of the rest may be gone by the end of the decade, a government researcher said Wednesday.

Warmer temperatures have reduced the number of named glaciers in the northwestern Montana park to 25, said Dan Fagre said, an ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Global warming has not been a prime topic on this blog. My approach to local food and consumption is mostly compelled by concerns other than carbon emissions. That being said, can we put an end to any such nonsense that somehow the climate is not warming. Regardless of why it is happening, if the glaciers and ice caps are melting than the climate is clearly warming. Is there something that I'm missing. Let's have open honest debates, based on good scientific evidence about why the climate is warming, but let's not fool ourselves. Maybe a good anchor of sanity in political debates can be the simple, soon to be reality, that Glacier National Park has no glaciers.

UPDATE: I had missed the Spokesman coverage of this story yesterday. Lots of comments and conversation (or sort of conversation.) Thanks for the heads up empyrius.

Year of Plenty

The Year of Plenty blog was created by Craig Goodwin in the winter of 2008 to chronicle the experiences of his family as they sought to consume everything local, used, homegrown or homemade. That journey was a wonderful introduction to people and movements in the Spokane area who are seeking the welfare of the community through local foods, farmers markets, community gardens, sustainable transportation, and more fulfilling and just patterns of consumption. In 2009 and beyond the blog will continue to report on these relationships and practices, all through the eyes of a family with young children. Craig manages the Millwood Farmers' Market, is a Master Food Preserver and Pastor at Millwood Presbyterian Church. Craig can be reached at