Experience

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I wasn’t born with a desire to fight for the environment, that battle was grown through my time spent outdoors. As a young adult my family took me fishing, camping, and hiking and I developed a sense of respect for the places that offered me access to those wholesome pastimes.

Later in life, as I began to see the changes that global warming could bring about, I would spend time thinking about the kind of life my future children could have. Things like global sea level rise, extreme and violent weather, temperature change; what will my children be dealing with? As young as I am, I am experiencing the repercussions that changing views towards our environment bring about. Just look at how little the main-stream media covers matter of environmental health, simply not enough.

At this point in my life, my fight is less about specific aspects of the environment, and more about developing others love for the outdoors. Until I go to school for the field I am passionate about, I believe myself to be ill equipped to inform on them. Rather, I can share my own experiences and views of what is happening in the world. I believe that if a person loves the land, they will want to protect it. That is after all, how I began my fight. Because of this idea I strive to share my own experiences so they might be heard by those that have not experienced similar things.

Being an outdoorsman, I have a first-hand view of the effects of global warming that show me how much it can actually change in day to day life.

Take, for example, front-range ice fishing season.

The past two years of ice fishing season has been virtually non-existent for my father and I who live on the front range of Colorado. By the time winter rolled around the weather was wet and precipitation present but the temperature was so high that ice could not freeze and the snow melted down into the gutters. Specifically, this past year there was only one week of winter where temperatures stayed consistently low enough that the ice could form on our local lakes. That magical 32 degrees could not be met by most bodies of water around us through the entire course of the winter. Unsurprisingly, it turned out to be an unseasonably warm winter and while I cannot say with full certainty that it was due to Global Warming, it remains to reason that it could have played a part. This experience makes me wonder if future generations will even have ice fishing in Colorado. I’m curious to see what this winter will bring.

The only reason I have the view I do of the matter is because of the amount of time I spend outdoors and the raising temperatures scare me because I may never get to ice fish safely in the future. Though the problem is much broader, this small view is the reason why I think more people need to go outside. If others are involved in the outdoors, then they will understand the changes that others speak about and may even be pushed to change it.

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