More than two dozen organizations and businesses will come together for nearly 30 events such as film screenings and art exhibits, spanning from Logan to Kanab, for Utah Climate Week 2018 from October 1-7.
Utah Climate Week 2018, organized by the Utah Climate Action Network, is a one-of-a-kind platform for organizations and leaders to highlight the impact climate change is having on Utah and to share ideas and innovations to address this challenge.
“We all have a role to play in turning the tide on climate change,” said Sarah Wright, executive director of Utah Clean Energy. “Climate change is an area where we, as a state, need to be more proactive and collaborative. Utah Climate Week is the perfect way for us to come together as a community, see new opportunities and move forward in combating climate change.”
The devastating wildfires in Utah and throughout the west this year, are a stark reminder that climate change is not a distant concern but happening now. Hot and dry conditions have led 2018 to be the most costly wildfire season in Utah in over a decade, with at least 370 structures consumed by wildfires this year and a cost of over $70 million in firefighting costs. Low snowpack has created severe drought conditions for much of Utah since January. Utah Climate Week 2018 is a unique opportunity to bring together our communities in a collective effort to educate, inspire and call for climate action in Utah.
“We are seeing firsthand the impact that rising temperatures are having on Utah’s snowpack and our outdoor industry,” says Protect Our Winters Alliance member and professional snowboarder Griffin Siebert. “We urge community members to join us in taking concrete action in our own lives and communities to address the major risks that climate change poses to our future.”
The overarching message throughout Utah Climate Week is on solutions. Energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative transportation options and sustainable agricultural practices are increasingly affordable and accessible across the nation and in Utah.
“Park City has taken a leadership role in climate action with North America’s most ambitious climate goals. Our community is already seeing the benefits. Our electric buses are a centerpiece of our transit, our e-bikes have gotten people out of their cars, and our work with the utility will lead to a clean renewable energy future that will create jobs in Utah. Utah Climate Week provides a great opportunity to highlight how communities can work together to find solutions to climate change,” said Park City Mayor Andy Beerman.