But we are only now at the beginning of this year's wildfire season, and the trends, the science, are clear.
Fortunately, we do NOT have to give up. Fortunately, the Fairfax Town Council passed a Climate Emergency Resolution a year ago, making us the first town in Marin to set the intention that we will do what we must to not only weather the future fires, but also work to stop the conditions that fuel them.
There are things that each of us can do right now to make a difference.
1. Please join the Town of Fairfax Climate Action Committee. You can join the committee itself, you can join one of our subcommittees, you can just come to our meetings and be part of the conversation. This is not an exclusive group, this is a team of volunteers working together to help us all towards the better future we all want. If you can't join, encourage your friends. We are volunteer members of this community, and we need help!
2. Please sign up for Marin Clean Energy Deep Green. At present, less than 10% of us here are buying Deep Green. Deep Green is 100% renewable electricity, and if we all did this, it would make a HUGE difference in our collective greenhouse gas emissions, as well as sending a powerful message to the world about who the people of this town are. Doing this is just about the easiest, and certainly one of the most impactful things any individual can do immediately. Don't complain that you don't have tens of thousands of dollars to buy solar panels; just turn on Deep Green. (and, turn off your light switches and appliances when not using!)
3. The CAC is starting a series of public workshops to talk about our Climate Action Plan. A committed team of volunteers has been working this year to craft our CAP. At some point, we will submit it to the Town Council for their approval and implementation. As I wrote previously, we do not want any plan that does not represent the community. So, we will host a series of 4 or 5 workshops to review our current state, and to think about how we can work together to overcome our collective challenge. It is critical that we come together to build our collective vision, and then, to get to work. Our first meeting will be October 12, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. We will post a Zoom link on this website imminently. Everyone is welcome; everyone is needed.
4. Please sign up to receive our blog posts. We post every week, on events and opportunities in the community, focused on bending the climate curve.
Maybe most important, we must not give up hope. It is easy to be overwhelmed by all of the bad news these days, and to shut down. I heard someone say recently that despair is worse that denial, and, in this Pyrocene Age in which we increasingly live, the truth of that is ever more manifest.
Let's do this.