Society & Culture
Visits to disappearing glaciers often motivated by desire to learn how humans are affecting the environment, U of A researcher finds.
In the early morning of Aug. 10, 2012, more than half of Jasper National Park’s Ghost Glacier broke free and crashed into Edith Cavell Pond. The ensuing tidal wave of snow and ice levelled most of the visitor service infrastructure, including, ironically, a Parks Canada interpretive board explaining how climate change is reshaping the alpine.
“More and more, when people head to the mountains they want to learn how human activity is linked to these climate change impacts and want messages to take away and act on in their everyday lives,’” said Elizabeth Halpenny, a University of Alberta tourism, recreation and parks researcher.
To show that climate change messaging is in fact a welcome sight, Halpenny co-authored a study published last year that suggests there may be educational opportunities associated with a new form of travel c...