"The best classrooms are the ones without walls," said U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, standing inside a classroom at the University of Washington, her alma mater, on Tuesday.
The former CEO of Seattle-based REI spent two days at home this week, wrapping up her visit with a roundtable discussion about the president's Climate Action Plan and the local impacts of climate change.
To illustrate the need to reduce carbon pollution, Jewell visited Mount Rainier National Park and toured areas affected by climate change.
“We snowshoed out to the Nisqually Glacier to an overlook where we could see where the glacier had been receding,” Jewell said.
Most of Mount Rainier’s glaciers are about 20 percent smaller than a century or so ago. A park service scientist showed Jewell pictures of where the Nisqually Glacier had been, compared to where it is today.