Mendenhall Glacier, one of the most popular attractions in the Alaskan capital, Juneau
The capital of Alaska is worried about the disappearance its main attraction
One of the most popular attractions in Alaska's capital, Juneau, the Mendenhall Glacier is in danger of disappearing.
Thanks to the numerous tourists who daily arrive in the city on cruise ships, the glacier has become not only a popular attraction, but also a source of income for the local population, offering excursion services on its territory. However, climate change leaves its mark on the glacier, which is retreating at a tremendous rate.
By 2050, scientists predict it will completely disappear from the city center, where it could previously be observed from tourist sites. This causes question: what happens next? The City of Juneau is now faced with the need to come up with a plan to keep the region attractive and provide new attractions for tourists.
The authorities have already entered into an agreement with cruise lines limiting the number of ships arriving at the port next year. The specialists are also considering the creation of new routes, as well as infrastructure upgrades to attract visitors and maintain an ecological balance.
For example, they suggest the use of environmentally friendly vehicles for excursions, such as bicycles and electric cars that do not leave a carbon footprint . Juneau's rich natural resources, such as national parks and nature reserves, can also offer new opportunities for tourists. The city can promote outdoor tourism such as hiking, biking, and kayaking to ensure that visitors continue to enjoy Alaska's natural beauty.
Generally, the City of Juneau is aware of the need to adapt to changing conditions and maintain its attractiveness for tourists. Taking measures to diversify the tourist flow, maintaining the ecological balance and developing new routes will be important steps in this process.