2 thoughts on “How Hot? How Soon?: What Now? (Part 5)

  1. Outstanding series! Thanks to Chip Rowe, Brian PJ Cronin, and all the participants. Our little Highlands Current coverage of this monumental crisis is far superior to most major news outlets. It was especially inspiring to learn of the brilliant, caring people in our community engaged in the effort to help save us from ourselves.

  2. Your series on climate change in the Highlands reminded me of an event in April when the Philipstown Climate Smart Communities Task Force invited people to the Desmond-Fish Library to tell “climate-change stories.”

    Severe storms and the unpredictability of the weather were a common thread. One woman spoke of her fear while driving her car under a tree which was lying on top of a power line. For many other people in the audience, there was the fear of not knowing what to expect.

    After 31 years living in Philipstown, it was surprising to me how easily it all seemed to boil down to one nasty word: Ticks! I lived at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center for two years in the late 1980s and spent a lot of time in the woods, and I only recall two or three ticks in that entire time, and they were dog ticks, not deer. The awful scourge that has blossomed is likely due to a warming climate.

    The questions asked during the discussion were largely formulated by an organization called Climate Change Stories. The local organizer, Krystal Ford, played audio clips recorded by visitors to the group’s website. One observer who lived in the Adirondack North Country spoke sadly of the variability of good ice for pond hockey and ice-fishing.

    We would like to hear from others in the Philipstown area as to what changes they’ve seen and what their emotional responses have been, as well as how they imagine the future, and what they think can be done to mitigate the situation. Visit climatestoriesproject.org to participate.