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Mt. Pinatubo

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Is global warming caused solely by humans or can global temperatures change naturally?

Human activities may be a large contributor to climate change in today’s world, but natural events also influence global temperatures. A common example are volcanoes: On June 12, 1991, Mt. Pinatubo erupted in northern Philippines spewing out 2.4 cubic miles of magma and releasing roughly 20,000,000 tons of sulfur dioxide. The particulate matter, ash, and reactions to form sulfuric acid together caused a 0.9°F decrease in global temperatures for the next 2 years.

Now 24 years after the eruption, hiking up this massive volcano is a breathtaking experience! On March 30, my crew of 6 loaded into an off-roading Jeep at 5am to make the trip. Stage one involved racing up a riverbed surrounded by huge canyon walls. Aboard the Jeep, seat belts were essential, as we tended to go flying when the vehicle powered over rock and water, sending water spraying in an engulfing ring. At a certain point (possibly because the engine overheated), we began our hike to the top.

View from the Jeep
View from the Jeep
Starting our hike
Starting our hike
Almost there!
Almost there!
The Crater Lake
The Crater Lake

Hiking a volcano…check! Everything is still more fun in the Philippines.

Check out a video of our ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_50Fhol4EgM

Swearing In

Swearing in at the US Embassy in Manila
Swearing in at the US Embassy in Manila
Celebrating on the stage with fellow volunteer Loren (an elementary school teacher also placed in Romblon) and Lauren (also a teacher and my roommate from training)
Celebrating on the stage with fellow volunteer Loren (an elementary school teacher also placed in Romblon) and Lauren (also a teacher and my roommate from training)

I am now an official Peace Corps Volunteer!!! The Peace Corps was started in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy to promote world peace and friendship. Since then over 210,000 volunteers have served in 139 different countries, however the Philippines is the second country volunteers were ever sent to. I have now joined this force and am one of the 273rd batch of volunteers trained to serve here in the Philippines.

The Peace Corps Philippines Headquarters in Manila
The Peace Corps Philippines Headquarters in Manila