WWF in Action: Glacier National Park
Saving Glacier National Park
As it is across the world, climate change is affecting Glacier National Park. Some researchers predict that all glaciers will have disappeared from the region by 2030. Arctic ice is disappearing at alarming rates, too: Heat-trapping carbon pollution, for example, recently topped 400 parts per million, the highest level in millions of years.
WWF works to tackle climate change by trying to convince policymakers to enact legislation to reduce carbon pollution and by advising businesses on how to decrease emissions. There’s much more that needs to be done globally, but these efforts could make a big dent in the issue.
A new report by WWF and the Carbon Disclosure Project details the enormous savings that corporations could accrue by scaling up climate protection at rates in line with scientific recommendations. The report, called “The 3% Solution: Driving Profits Through Carbon Reduction,” offers the most compelling business case made to date for establishing ambitious corporate carbon reduction targets.
Since 1999, WWF’s Climate Savers program has worked with businesses to combat climate change. Our Climate Savers partners—including Hewlett Packard, Nike, The Coca Cola Company, IBM, Johnson & Johnson and Sprint—have collectively cut their carbon footprint by more than 100 million tons. That’s the equivalent of taking 20 million cars off the road.
Likewise, Natural Habitat Adventures was the first carbon neutral travel company in the world, setting an industry example. Nat Hab and like-minded companies show willingness to reduce carbon pollution in part because they understand the urgent threat climate change poses to our planet. We are also motivated by the cost savings that energy efficiency brings.
So, not only are these companies protecting their own future by working on combatting climate change, but we also are conserving the future of places like Glacier National Park.