On April 16, 2019 the New York Times wrote an interactive article about what will happen to species after glaciers disappear. It addresses the receding of glaciers and how they are starting to disappear all over the world.
During my sophomore year of college, I took a geomorphology class. The course went over the creation and movements of land forms. During the class we learned extensively about glaciers and how they are receding all over the world.
The article discusses salmon and glaciers have delicate balance for life. That without the water from glaciers some salmon species will die out. In Alaska there are thousands of glaciers and they are losing about 75 billion tons of ice a year (New York Times). This creates a problem for ecosystems throughout the U.S., especially in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
Another part that could be lost with the disappearance of glaciers is specialized communities of organisms (New York Times). The species that live in ecosystems that are from glacier water are accustomed to the cold glacier water. Currently in a watershed policy class I am taking, we learned about how fish can only adapt to a small change in water temperature over time. Otherwise, the fish will die and could became extinct if there is too large a change in water temperature. Over time fish can adapt to the change in water temperature but it has to be gradually. With the disappearance of a glacier it would not be a gradually change in water temperature it would be a drastic one.
One positive that can occur from the retreating of glaciers is that there is a larger habitat for salmon to spawn. This habitat expansion could lead to the spawning of more salmon which would increase overall salmon’s in ecosystems (New York Times).
Climate change and the outdoor industry directly affect each other. The outdoor industry is based off of getting outside and being in nature. The disappearance of glaciers will forever change ecosystems across the globe. For many in the outdoor industry this should be a wake-up call to address the harmful effects humans have on the environment.
From a public relations standpoint, there should be a focus on having a sustainable business model. One that incorporates the effects the company is having on the environment and trying to minimize that affect. This is because in a few years down the line there is a great chance that not having a sustainable business will be a harmful to companies reputation. By being at the forefront of environmental issues it will create more business over time. This can be seen through Patagonia who does large campaigns for the environment but also creates sustainable business practices. They also are one of the top grossing outdoor companies in the world.