Written by Ron Bennett
In the few weeks since I committed to “write about trees” for this newsletter, over 1.3 million acres of forest land has burned in California. Meanwhile, in Colorado, forest fires have “collectively burned more than 304 square miles, fueled by abnormally dry conditions and hot weather that are part of a 20-year shift in Colorado’s climate.”
What’s the cost of carbon? 350 members know it’s record-breaking heat waves, superstorms and unprecedented wildfire just to name a few. One could argue that the climate cost of greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacture and transport of goods along with the use of fossil fuels for energy essentially outweigh their purchase price.
350 Colorado’s Public Lands Committee hosted an online screening of the new film PUBLIC TRUST, which was available to our community in August. Public Trust explored how our public lands are facing unprecedented threats from extractive industries and the politicians in their pockets. The film investigated how we arrived at this precarious moment through the examination of three beloved public lands that are particularly at risk—a national monument in the Utah desert, a mine in the Boundary Waters and oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—and makes a case for their much deserved protection.