Winter 2011: Global Warning, Waterkeeper Face Climate Change
Stories of climate calamities are ubiquitous this year – such as the extreme and deadly heat waves boiling Russia and the fl ood that has devastated Pakistan and taken more than 2,000 lives. Here in the United States, the summer of 2010 turned out to be the hottest on record in New York City. Climate change is a natural subject for Waterkeeper magazine, because, as the planet gets warmer, we easily can see the damaging effects of climate change through our relationship with water.
This issue presents the stories of everyday heroes who are on the front lines protecting their communities. Waterkeepers’ activities in the realm of climate change range from temperature-monitoring to citizen awareness to litigation against carbon-spewing industries. Each day, they engage in the herculean task of tackling some of the greatest threats our communities have ever faced. Can we count on our elected leaders to do the same?