Pollution in our National Parks!

This July, the cousins came out for a visit. We were eager to share what makes Colorado special so, we packed a bag, packed the car, and headed for the mountains! 20150703_122348

It was a spectacular day. Our National Parks hold so much beauty and communicate in an instant our Colorado way of life – and, Rocky Mountain National Park never fails to deliver, including on that day.

That’s why I was shocked to read in the Denver Post a couple weeks ago that Rocky Mountain National Park’s “air exceeded the health standard three times in 2013.”

Because of that, Rangers have been working with local officials to lower levels. However, the problem persists across Colorado.

According to the Denver Post,20150703_150558 “air pollution in national parks, including four in Colorado, has reached unhealthy levels, obscuring the most stunning landscapes.” Sadly, those four parks are Colorado favorites: Rocky Mountain, Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Mesa Verde.

I want to continue to enjoy our natural landscapes, as well as show-off to out-of-state cousins.

If you care about clean air, please join me in a letter writing campaign! If you are interested in writing a letter to your local paper, please email us at CMKB!

 

Emma Pinter,
Head Mom