Working to keep the West special

Background on Climate Disruption and Climate Action


The Rocky Mountain region is uniquely vulnerable to climate change. To begin with, the West has already gotten hotter more than other parts of the country outside of Alaska. Our greatest threat, though, is to the water supplies of this region, which has both the nation's fastest growing states and the nation's lowest precipitation. Here, the scientists say, a changed climate likely will mean less snow and less water, reducing water supplies, and more heat, increasing water demand. Other impacts could include less skiing, more wildfires, and disruption of ecosystems.

If just a fraction of the predicted impacts materialize, that would jeopardize the qualities that make the West such a special place to live, work, and play.

The good news is that are many things we can do to reduce climate disruption and its impacts here, to keep the West special, and to provide other benefits, too.

Continue on the next pages for background information on climate disruption and on climate action in the West.