Friday, December 5, 2008

I attended a conference yesterday in Salt Lake City, Utah. The topic was: Adjusting To Less Water: Climate Change and the Colorado River. Scientists agree that climate change will affect the southwestern United States in a number of ways: reduced snowpack, earlier runoff, heavier rain events, etc. Water agencies throughout the southwest are trying to determine the best way to deal with these possibilities.

However, there was another aspect of the conference I found quite moving. This conference was sponsored by the Glen Canyon Institute. The afternoon presentations consisted of photographers and conservationists that love the Glen Canyon. If you're not familiar with Glen Canyon, it was drowned by Lake Powell when Glen Canyon Dam was built in the 1960's. The question was posed, "How do we teach children the importance of environmental stewardship?" After some discussion, the main idea that emerged was that it is absolutely crucial that children be afforded the opportunity to be in the natural environment if they are to have any respect for it.

Educating the next generation about natural resources and environmental protection is a noble thing to do and I'm happy to be a part of that!

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