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Will global warming melt Montana’s signature glaciers? Yes. Joshua Johnson interviews Glacier National Park Ranger Matt Graves on climate change and the future Glacier.

ON THE FINAL LEG of our road trip through Montana my brother Dustin and I find Glacier National Park under a heavy fog that canvasses Lake MacDonald and obscures the peaks. Fog and drizzle turn to heavy snow as we attempt to hike Gunsight Mountain. Several miles above snowline we turn back as whiteout conditions have set in.

Is this what global warming looks like? It seems so, suggests Ranger Matt Graves as we step from park headquarters to stroll among the evergreens that fringe the long shores of Lake MacDonald.

As we walk, Ranger Graves tells me of the 12 National Parks he has served in and the creeping threat that endangers them all. Climate change, he tells me, looking to the snow swathed peaks, is a slow menace that has already begun to change the biospheres of Glacier as the snowfields recede year after year.


Graves says that even though the glaciers will indeed melt we must not lose hope in our ability to face the climate crises. We must give people hope, he tells me. Apathy and hopelessness have no place in times where action and tenacity are necessary. To Ranger Graves the question is not of our ability to face the climate crises, it is of our will to accept the challenge.

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Do you believe we have the will to collectively face the climate crises? What do you believe we must sacrifice to best preserve our Home? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

About The Author


Joshywashington is a Travel Media Ninja from Seattle who enjoys writing, climbing trees and strong coffee.

  • Julie

    Really loved this video, Josh.

  • Ahi

    Agreed. Great video, and Ranger Graves was awesome. Montana just moved up on my list of places to see.

    • Joshywashington

      Montana genuinely surpassed all my expectations. In grandeur, beauty, hospitality, wildlife and sheer expanse… even the long stretches of highway between towns were enjoyable.

  • Eric

    This is a great video/interview. Glacier is amazing!

    p.s. Did I notice you slip in a shot of The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone? ;)

    • Joshywashington

      Thanks Eric, and yeah…to illustrate Some of Ranger Graves points I used a few shots I took around Montana. 98% is Glacier, but since climate change affects everyone, everywhere I didn’t feel bad slipping in a little Yellowstone.

      Good eye!

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