Welcome to Crater Lake National Park, the deepest lake in North America, spanning depths of 1,700 feet. This is one of Oregon’s most well-known landmarks and it has sat in the crater of Mount Mazama near for more than 7,000 years. Unlike many other lakes, Crater Lake is not fed by a natural aquifer, like a river or stream. The water has been present for thousands of years and is consistently refreshed by Oregon’s rainfall, creating the pristine water that resides in the crater. Unfortunately, this puts Crater Lake at a higher risk for pollution, as chemicals from the atmosphere are more likely to reach the water through rainfall. In addition, the increased tourism of the lake causes higher foot traffic in the surrounding areas of the park, creating litter and degradation of the flora and fauna. Logging companies are pushing to clear-cut old growth forests, endangering the wildlife that lives there.
As you’re reading this I’m sure you’re thinking, “Wow, this is unfortunate, but why should I care?”
And that is the purpose of this blog-to show you why you should care.
I created this blog with the intent of sharing current environmental issues going on in the world, new solutions and technologies that are being created, and to generally advocate for the preservation of the environment.
I’m an avid hiker, backpacker, and rock-climber, so the outdoors are a second home to me. As a public relations major strongly invested in the environment, I am able to intertwine my strategic communication skills and drive to protect the environment by articulating messages to the public that convey important ideas about conservation and preservation.
I believe that the communication about the world’s current environmental state is vital to sustaining our natural resources. Environmental awareness is an important tool in cultivating change, and environmental communication is the first step in doing that. Environmental communication acts as a way to educate the public of the problems with our environment and natural resources. If society as a whole can understand the economic, aesthetic and biological importance of preserving these natural resources, we can actually begin to implement change by putting to use alternate sources of energy, preserving national parks, and creating better policies and technologies to protect the environment.