International climate talks were going on in Paris while I was editing this magazine. As several local voices featured in this month’s articles reminded me, climate change threatens many aspects of our Roaring Fork lifestyle, ranging from farming and ranching to fishing and skiing, not to mention real estate values and income from tourism. As my Carbondale neighbor Robert Hubbell puts it, “One of the things I have learned is the inter-connectedness of climate, about El Niño and what happens here with the snow pack and summer water supplies, about rising sea levels and wilder hurricanes and storms around the world. Everything is ultimately connected.”
While editing this month, I was gratified to learn about local folks who are opening windows on the issue of a warming world. You’ll learn about many of them in these pages, and I’m giving a shout-out to some right here: Thank you, Amory Lovins and Rocky Mountain Institute! Thank you, Auden Schendler and Aspen Skiing Company! Thanks to my friend Peter Westcott, who has traveled to Washington, D.C. and talked to countless local folks about taxing carbon!
Thanks to everyone who has put solar panels on the roof, taken the train instead of a plane, replaced your old Edison bulbs with LCDs or otherwise reduced your carbon footprint. (For more ways to make a difference, check out Andrea Palm-Porter’s article, “What Affects Global Warming? You Do!”)
Now, possibly, just possibly, there are a few readers who are tempted to write me to quibble about climate change. To them I would say pretty much what Snowmass resident and Coastal Risk Consulting CEO Albert Slap says: Don’t argue with me. Look at the data from NASA, FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Center for Atmospheric Research…
Or go read what former California governor Arnold Schwartzenegger wrote in his blog on December 7. He asked, “Besides the fact that fossil fuels destroy our lungs, everyone agrees that eventually they will run out… What’s your plan then?”
I offer up this issue as thanks to everyone is who helping to make the plan by thinking globally, acting locally and doing cool deeds that will help to stem global warming. You’re my he-roes and she-roes!