|Joe Gierlach and campaign mascot, Owlie in Boulder County|
This summer we saw record-breaking temperatures across the Front Range, accompanied by very little rain, which is an unfortunate formula for frequent and intense wildfires. Warming temperatures combined with increased development in the WUI, historic fire suppression, and careless recreators create more risks for firefighters on the ground.
Here is a link to a 12 minute film that my friend is involved with, called, "Unacceptable Risk, Firefighters on the Front Lines of Climate Change."
I want to again thank our firefighters and emergency responders who have worked to protect our homes and keep our communities safe this past summer, but how quickly we all return to our busy lives not realizing that sustainability planning and programming still needs to continue without us thinking about it.
Perhaps it has to do with the way our human brains work, as described in this 7 minute Grist video featuring Joe Hanson of It’s Okay to Be Smart called, "Watch This Guy Explain the Science Behind Climate Deniers."