Last April 6, four Democrats of the House of Representatives visited Denver to address the community and non-profit leaders regarding climate change legislation in Congress. The event, part of a 12-city talk called the Future Forum, was sponsored by the Alliance for a Sustainable Colorado.
While they conveyed optimism, it was also tempered with fear. Climate change, they said, is something that Republicans do not believe in, dredging the political divide even further. Still, they expressed hope that younger people – whether red, blue, or unaffiliated – are aware of climate change, and are pushing for laws towards renewable energy. The sentiment from the talk was that sooner or later, Congress would have to face the stark realities of global warming, and act on it.
But is “soon” going to cut it?
Check Your Six
Last year, a team of scientists warned that Earth is entering its sixth mass extinction event (the fifth annihilated the dinosaurs 66 million years ago). However, unlike the previous five extinction events, which were all natural, the sixth one is man-made: a combination of loss of habitat and pollution, contributing to climate change.
Is it reversible? Scientists certainly hope so, but only if people act now.
Not a Snow Job in Colorado
A February 2015 report from the University of Colorado Boulder maintains that Colorado is vulnerable to climate change. Temperature is rising, and because water is evaporating faster than it could be replenished because of heat, the atmosphere will have more moisture. This would translate to more dramatic precipitation – and in winter, extreme snowfall and blizzards.
At the home front, people in Denver are preparing for it with varying degrees of alarm. For instance, commercial gutters, notes Summit Gutter Systems, now work with ice melting systems on the roofs to improve drainage and prevent ice dams.
Still, these are reactive measures. What matters is solving the cause of climate change – such as by lessening the impact on the environment.