Global Warming Hits Home


On my flight from Texas last weekend, I found myself staring out the window. I am not a fan of flying, but gazing down on the world calms me. I trace the rivers as they wind their way across the landscape, trying to identify any dams.

On this particular occasion, I was also reminded of a conversation I had with my mom while I was in Texas. We were watching tv at the end of a long day when a commercial for the We Campaign came on. If you are unfamiliar with the We Campaign, it is an initiative by The Alliance for Climate Protection to stop global warming. As my mom wondered aloud why there were so many commercials and stories recently about global warming and going “green”, I realized once again exactly why it is important for conservation groups, like American Rivers, to continue the global warming drumbeat.

I explained to her that global warming was finally starting to gain traction in the global consciousness and that people were beginning to realize just how imperative it is that we do something about it. We talked about changes in weather patterns and water in West Texas, reminiscing about only being able to water the yard at night and only on certain days. We even talked about how American Rivers was starting to frame our work in terms of global warming’s impact on rivers.

As I lay in bed that night, I thought about how normal my mom’s question was and how representative she is of the ‘average’ American. However, instead of being overwhelmed by the task that lay before us, I went to sleep proud to work for American Rivers and even more convinced in the importance of the work we are doing to help to build more resilient communities by working for healthier rivers.