No Vacation: Climbing Through Climate Change in Utah | OnEarth Magazine
we set up camp near the serene Dollar Lake, with no climate change reminders in sight. At 11,000 feet, in fact, we were downright cold.
As I watched the pikas running around the cairn, walking tragedies wrapped in cartoonishly adorable packages, my mind drifted again to the dead trees on the mountain's lower stretches. Then I looked up at the tiny pockets of snow and ice on a few north-facing slopes. It wasn't just that climate change could be seen if one looked for it; it was literally everywhere, surrounding us, even when the view stretched for miles.
...Once again, climate change was photo-bombing my trip. But this time, we we're also just a few feet away from a solution. After a weekend filled with nothing but climate problems, we came upon wind turbines...In the middle-of-nowhere Utah, those dead trees could claw further up the mountain, nipping at the heels of pikas already pushed to the brink by warming temperatures, but unfortunately, few will witness it. I found myself bizarrely hoping for some sort of similar confluence of events in other parts of the country. If climate disasters must happen, can't they occur in a way that makes people see them as they truly are, inextricably linked? I feel this summer as if people might be starting to listen and realizing the consequences of climate change as they watch the West burn and the Plains crack and crumble. Yet after decades of inaction, I admit to not having much faith that these connections will stick. But perhaps a cascade of catastrophes, a mix of the seemingly disparate effects of climate change, could force those in charge to take action and prevent future tragedy. I just wish it wouldn't have to come to that.