Climate change is not a new theory. For thousands of years civilizations have been affected by the ever changing climate that we as humans have had a role in shifting. Looking back through the history of the world there are countless communities and civilizations that have disappeared, moved or been displaced with little or no explanation. If we look at the details, really look, we will find many similarities and evidence that overpopulation, changes in climate and misuse of resources lead to the demise of most if not all of these populations.
It is with this truth, this history that we should be changing our habits, conserving our resources and buckling down on our child rearing. With record heat and cold, cataclysmic flooding in cities around the world, terrible decade long droughts wiping out food sources, deforestation leading to the spread of new and ever changing diseases, the world is passing the point of no return for much of the human population.
Let us look back at history and remember the civilizations that once lived, let us look at today’s world and see the places changing before our eyes and let us look to the future of those populations in desperate danger of being forever changed. Overpopulation, deforestation, drought, food and water shortages these are the stories of climate change on a global scale.
Today Louie and I hiked Mt Lukens via the Rim of The Valley Trail in Glendale. This is one of my training hikes to get ready for hiking Kilimanjaro in just a few short weeks. To get there we parked at the Deukmejian Wilderness Park in Glendale. With two large parking lots and bathrooms it is the base for several hikes and walking trails.
I decided on taking the more difficult way up via the Rim of The Valley trail. This 10 mile loop trail had fewer people and more cover.
The city of Vancouver should be a model community for many of the cities across America. The buildings in the city center feature green roofs that save electricity and cut down on heat islands, they have recycling and composting in almost every trash receptacle. They have bike paths and walking routes everywhere, large parks for enjoying nature and a ton of activities for all ages. Whatever you end up doing in Vancouver here are 10 activities you shouldn't miss.
The Channel Islands are an island chain located off the Southern California Coastline. The national park consists of 5 islands spread across 160 miles of ocean, reachable only by boat or seaplane. Their isolation has left them almost totally undeveloped, offering beautiful landscapes, nature and tranquility. One of the least visited parks in the US, if you are wanting to explore sea caves, glimpse at jutting rock cliffs and sea nature you can't anywhere else, plan a visit to Channel Islands National Park.
Berlin, Germany is a city so steeped in modern history we can forget that it’s still fascinating. That is to say, from the World Wars through the fall of the Berlin Wall (and countless references to both in film and television), Berlin was as important a city as any in 20th century war and politics. But it’s not a city only for the history books. Berlin is beautiful and fascinating, packed with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, excellent architecture, and interesting culture. These are some of my top picks.
This is one of the UNESCO sites in Berlin, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. More specifically, it’s one island with five museums in the heart of the city, between the Spree River and the Spree Canal. Naturally it’s a striking area, and though it’s fairly large it’s also easy to navigate (in part because it’s the site of the old city of Colln). On the island you can explore the Altes Museum, Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode Museum (perhaps the prettiest), and the Pergamon Museum (perhaps the most unique). It’s a lot to see in one area and makes for a wonderful day of exploration.