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National Parks Pt. 1 // Ft. Me Being Proud Because I Actually Remembered Things I Learned on Vacation

Ohkay, so maybe that title was a LITTLE bit of a lie since I didn’t exactly remember them and I just… wrote notes down on my phone… but like, whatever. No one has to know about that.

Heya earthlings and the rest of you! ‘Tis Naomi, back with yet another post on climate change (*cue surprised gasps*). This time, I felt like telling you all about my vacation to the southwest national parks and figured I could tie that into climate change ’cause national parks help save our planet AND they’re affected by climate change. So boom! Anywho, I found info about climate change in 3 of the national parks I visited (there was probably info on it in other parks too, but it’s fine) and then I did some more research. And uh, that’s the post!

I should probably stop describing it and let you read the actual post, so I’ll stop writing too-long-introes. Enjoy!

About the parK: Intro Video | Website

How Zion is Affected by Climate Change:

So I didn’t go into this vacation thinking about doing a post on the hot southwest national parks because like, they’re all focused on… rock formations. And like, since when did rock have anything to do with climate change? And since when was ROCK affected by, like, anything? When I think about national parks affected by our changing climate, I think about Glacier. Because glaciers melt. But guess what? Zion isn’t actually just rock (I know, CRAZY, right?).

The ranger-led hike that we went on was focused on water. Why? Because Zion is desert-y, and water’s precious there. Because the rivers shaped the giant rock formations in Zion. Because water sustains life (wow, water is necessary for life? Nobody knows THAT).

These are actually my photos! Left is a photo of the end of the ranger-led hike, right is a photo one of the Juniper Trees we saw on the hike.

Ohkay, ohkay, yeah. I’m getting to the point. It takes me a while, ohkay? Well anywho. So water IS actually affected by climate change. And that means that, if you’ve been following through this very long section, you realize that Zion is affected by climate change.

How? Well, the river has been down for 10 years because there’s less snow and less water. There used to be boating in Zion, and there isn’t anymore. And then there’s plant life.

Forests are dying, and in some cases, nothing has yet grown up to replace them. The climate is changing here. It really is.

The question isn’t if {change will happen in Zion} anymore. It’s how.

Ranger Dolton, Ranger at Zion National Park
Ignore the stuffed animal. I was taking photos for my cousin of them in all the National Parks we visited, and I got one with the sign, and… that.

About the park: Website

How Mesa Verde Works to Prevent Climate Change:

Mesa Verde is affected by climate change, but here we stayed in the actual park, and I wanted to talk about what the national park did to have eco-friendly rooms.

So you see, plastic is bad for climate change because it’s often single-use (which means more production, which means more pollution) and it’s usually made of fossil fuels. And you know how when you stay in a hotel room, you get those little single-use bottles of shampoo and things? And well, they’re really bad for the environment.

So what did Mesa Verde have? They had containers in the wall that we could get soap and shampoo and conditioner out of so they didn’t have to use that plastic (*glares at Past Naomi who decided not to take a picture of the containers that Present Naomi can’t describe). It was amazing!

How Mesa Verde is Affected By Climate Change:

I’m not 100% sure what this is from, but I do know that I have a video of some dead trees from Mesa Verde that I’m not sure I meant to take. But like, it’s great ’cause it’s very possible this was one of the wildfire sites we saw. So woo-hoo!

Mesa Verde is actually not a desert like pretty much all the other parks I visited on my trip, and so guess what? It has TREES (Well, the deserts have trees too. Along the rivers. But Mesa Verde has more trees. Like, forests. Ever heard of those?). And well, climate change and trees are sort of enemies. If that makes sense.

Like trees fight climate change by sucking carbon out of the atmosphere. But then again, too much carbon is bad for trees. And climate change causes OTHER problems for trees too.

Like wildfires. The hot weather and drier climate make them more intense and more frequent. We passed a LOT of areas in Mesa Verde where you could see the damage that wildfires from as many as like 20 years ago caused.

And the other thing that the very helpful visitor center sign told me was that bark beetle infestations also happen because of climate change (Warm winters mean more bark beetles). This harms forests too. GIVE TREES A BREAK, CLIMATE CHANGE. *glares at nothing because she doesn’t know how to glare at climate change*

Don’t really need to caption this once ’cause it’s literally just a photo of Grand Canyon National Park.

About the park: Website

How Grand Canyon is Affected by Climate Change:

Guess what? There are animals in the national parks. And they’re affected by climate change (wow, I know, right?). Water scarcity threatens the California Condor, a bird who already barely escaped extinction. Desert Bighorn Sheep habitats have gone from 80 to 30. It’s not good.

And one other thing that may not be the worst thing, but that still is important to think about. Visibility. On one of our (short, level, Naomi-has-COVID-and-is-wearing-a-mask-and-it’s-really-hot) hikes took us by a sign that told us about how pollution is affecting visibility in the park. It gave the very specific example of Mt. Trumbull, a mountain 60 miles away that, on a clear day, you can see very well. But on a day that the air is filled with pollutants? You can’t see it at all.

Can you see the mountain in the distance? We could, but um I’m not the best photographer and you have to really look to see it in the photo.

“Bark Beetles: A Natural and Dramatic Forest Disturbance | Rocky Mountain Research Station.”, Nov. 2015,

“Climate Change | Grand Canyon National Park Lodges.” Grand Canyon, 21 Apr. 2015, Accessed 8 July 2022.

Major, Kerri. “Plastic Waste and Climate Change – What’s the Connection?”, 30 June 2021,

Ranger Dolton. The Watchman Ranger-Led Hike. In-Person.

And that’s that! This was a bit of a very long post, but uh, whatever. Bye for now!

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Answering Google’s Questions About Climate Change // Part 1

Spring is so weird. Like, it’s freezing cold in the morning and then it’s sooooo hot in the evening and,.. I just hate it. Oh, hi. What? *speaking from the distance* oooh, well, weather kinda has to do with climate change, riiiight? *more speaking* FINE. Whatever. I’ll do the post…

Heya! ‘Tis Naomi, and today I’m answering google’s questions about climate change (or at least attempting to). I’ve seen a bunch of bloggers doing “Answering Google’s Questions About…” posts, but I got today’s inspiration from Maggie’s post.

Oh, and! Before I forget. Nope, I’m not dead – sorry I missed posting yesterday, I had blogger’s block for a week. Anyhow, without further ado… the post!

Why is climate change important?
Well, so. Do you want a 100-page essay or a paragraph? *speaking from the distance (I guess I’m writing this post with help from an audience member)* The paragraph? Ok then. Well, according to WWF, we’re losing animal species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the rate we would if humans didn’t exist. The sea levels are rising, which means that countries on the coastline will eventually disappear. There are wildfires in California that you can sometimes see across the country. And we have roughly 10 years to stop the worst of it. Does that convince you that climate change is important?

Why is climate change bad?
I’ll just refer you back up to the previous question.

Why is climate change happening?
We humans, by using fossil fuels and participating in other activities (such as large-scale farming), have released way more greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, etc.) into the air. This traps heat in our atmosphere and has… a lot of other effects on the earth.

Photo by Marcin Jozwiak on

Why is climate change good?
It’s not. While climate change may have some positive effects, such as increased plant growth in some places, this is not guaranteed and also presents the problem of invasive species growing better as well.

When is climate change tipping point?
Well, that question doesn’t necessarily have a simple answer. In general, we probably have around 10 years to stop climate change before it’s too late. However, smaller tipping points kind of… add up to that? For example, say that 20-25% of the Amazon Rainforest is cut down. This would disrupt the cycle of water evaporating into the air, which would cause most of the remaining rainforest to die out. If this happened, the rainforest would let out a lot of CO2, therefore contributing greatly to climate change. There’s a loooot more to talk about here, so expect a post on tipping points in the future….

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When is climate change going to affect us?
Now. The wildfires in California might not be caused ONLY by climate change, but scientists believe that climate change is one of the causes of them. There’s been a dramatic rise in severe weather rates in recent years, leading scientists to believe THAT’S caused by climate change. Climate change warms the waters, which bleaches the coral reefs, which means less fish for us to eat. This isn’t a future problem. This is a now problem.

When is climate change going to stop?
Well, climate change isn’t going to just STOP. There’s a certain level of climate change that is irreversible at this point. We can’t bring back extinct animal species or refreeze glaciers. But if we can stop our emissions, we can stop climate change from getting much worse. It all depends on us.

Photo by N Jilderda on

Cho, Renee. “How Close Are We to Climate Tipping Points?” State of the Planet, 11 Nov. 2021,

Herring, David. “Are There Positive Benefits from Global Warming? | NOAA”, 29 Oct. 2020,

NASA. “The Causes of Climate Change.” Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet, NASA, 23 Mar. 2022,

WWF. “How Many Species Are We Losing?”, 2020,

Phew, that was a long post for me. I tried to keep my answers short, but well. It didn’t work amazingly. This was one of those posts that made me want to go write a lot of other posts so that I can elaborate on all the things I talked about. But anyhow, thanks for reading to the end! See ya Friday!

Question of the Day: What was your favorite question in this post?
Action of the Day: Try not to use any plastic for a day!

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Severe Weather // Hurricanes

Hey hey hey! It’s Naomi, and look at me actually sticking to the schedule for the 3rd day in a row. Aren’t you so very proud? I mean, yeah, I kinda created the schedule so I would stick to it, but… uh… well… erm…

ANYWHO! Today I’ll be doing the first post in our severe-weather-themed post series (I don’t really know how to say it), and I’ll be doing a post on hurricanes!

A hurricane is a storm with high winds (not SUPER HIGH winds like a tornado has, but high winds all the same). It’s created as warm ocean water evaporates, then condenses in the clouds. While in the clouds, this precipitation creates high wind speeds and when this wind gets fast enough (74 mph or higher), it becomes a hurricane.

When I was researching for this post and reading about how hurricanes formed, I saw warm ocean waters and my brain was like OH CLIMATE CHANGE! And my brain was right.

Although there’s a slim chance that it’s something else, we’re pretty sure that the increase in hurricanes is at least partially connected to climate change. The water warms and the process begins.

Buis, Alan. “How Climate Change May Be Impacting Storms over Earth’s Tropical Oceans.” Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet, 10 Mar. 2020,

Society, National Geographic. “Do Changes in Our Climate Mean More Hurricanes?” National Geographic Society, 22 Mar. 2019, Accessed 13 Dec. 2021.

And that’s that for this short post! My brain is like bleck, so I’m going to go now before I start talking about very weird things…

Question of the day (answer in the comments!): Any ideas for a type of severe weather I should cover next?