Lonely Planet Writer

Obama to hike glacier and discuss climate change during Alaska trip

On Tuesday, as part of an ongoing trip in Alaska to speak about climate change, US President Barack Obama will travel to Seward to hike Exit Glacier and take a boat tour of Kenai Fjords. The trip to Seward comes after Obama visited Anchorage, meeting with Alaska Natives, foreign ministers and Alaskans.

Hikers on Exit Glacier.
Hikers on Exit Glacier. Image by Alexander Howard/Lonely Planet

Located in Kenai Fjords National Park, Exit Glacier is a quickly receding glacier. Markers in the park show how far the glacier has receded throughout the ages, and scientists estimate that the glacier has receded 1.25 miles as a direct result of climate change. Obama also plans to meet with representatives in the fishing and tourism industries in Seward.

The president has been criticized by environmental groups who say his decision to expand offshore drilling in the Arctic is hypocritical. Read more: adn.com