Montana's Shining Treasure; Our Glacier National Park
A Treasure in Danger
Glacier National Park shines in the western sky east of the Flathead River. It is the pride of Montana. It borders Canada in the north and the Blackfeet Native American Reservation to the East. Long ago, the Lewis and Clark expedition traveled just a bit south of there along the Missouri River.
Golden eagles soar in all their glory high over Cut Bank Valley. Grizzly bears, cougars, and bearded goats drink from cold mountain streams. The brooks flow out of the ice covered peaks in both directions, east and west, providing fresh clean water to life forms below. Forests of fir and native pine flourish under a cool pastel sky.
Unseemingly, an evil plauge has tainted the alpine air and hovers over the landscape. The park is in deep trouble. Montana's glaciers are melting and if this trend is not reversed someday the water will be all gone.
A silent war brews in these mountains. It is a war against farmers and native tribes. It is an attack against families as well as green forests. An army of defenders have come to rescue the treasured park. They are armed with education, camera's, charts, and pencils. They seek scientific solutions to the end the threat of climate change. Their enemies are politicians in Washington who are supported by big polluters. The biggest polluters want all of us to back down. Scare off. They ask us to pretend and ignore the flaming fire but, smoke lingers over the horizon.
I fear for the people of Montana, I really do. I fear for members of the native tribes and the wildlife that depends on a continuous water supply. I am afraid for farmers and families. Rather than sit back and wait for dissaster to come, I am arming myself with a pen and seeking new recruits. If you want to stand for what is right, you can join the union as well. It is a union of thousands of scientists destined to find an answer and slow the whole process down before it is too late. It is time to take up the trusted pen and write to our congressional leaders on our own behalf. We should write to Senators and local news papers about Montana to protect and save our park.
The Union of Concerned Scientists from all over the world have warned us of the effects global warming can have. There are already environmental refugees. Still the ignorant and greedy seek power for themselves over the protection of our land. It is our country. The battle to protect has just begun. So, take up your pen. We cannot win the battle without you.
By Joanne Kathleen Farrell of Rensselaer, N.Y., author of Liberty for the Lion Shield
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