Who knew our national parks could be so sassy?
The first signs of resistance appeared following a government-ordered social media blackout, aimed at the EPA, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Interior Department (which oversees the National Park Service).
The Bad(ass)lands National Park in South Dakota rejected the censorship by tweeting out facts about climate change such as, “Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years. #climate.” The tweet was quickly taken down, prompting a social media outcry and further concern over the new administration’s stance on climate change and free speech.
Now, many people may be wondering how they can support the National Parks Service, and the folks over at Racked, inspired by journalist Jennings Brown, came up with an excellent idea: buy more national parks merch! Lots of national parks have a fantastic array of clothes, hats and more, with the proceeds often going directly to support the park in question. Racked recommends Sequoia Parks Conservancy hats, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley sweatshirts and anything from the Parks Project.
We would also add the Badlands Natural History Association shop, which has adorable stocking hats and whose proceeds go to fund park projects. We are also a fan of the Yosemite Conservancy’s bear T-shirt, and the Grand Tetons Park’s wildflower earrings and gorgeous Teton Range silk scarf.
Don’t forget to also follow the newly created AltUSNatParkService Twitter—“The Unofficial Resistance of U.S. National Park Service”—for all your climate change and national park news.