Lakewood families reflect on climate issues during Earth Day celebration – CBS Denver

LAKEWOOD, Colorado (CBS4) – In Lakewood, the community came together for a breezy but festive Earth Day celebration.

“We take advantage of it. We like to see all the vendors the music, the food. It’s a great time for the family,” said Lakewood resident Andrea Girolmo. “To set an example for my child and hopefully have a better future for him.”

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On Saturday, people gathered at Heritage Lakewood to celebrate the planet. Many people also discussed climate issues facing the state, such as wildfires.

“This is the most compelling evidence of global warming. When the fire spread to Marshall and Superior, it was unthinkable,” said Luke Clarke of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. “It’s mid-April, and we have these days of great fire danger, and it’s not just in the mountains and the forest anymore, it’s in the suburbs.

Back-to-back wildfires blazing around the state are causing concern for those like Clarke.

“Yes, it scares me, but the thing to do when you are scared is not to panic but to act,” he said.

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City of Lakewood sustainability officer Jonathan Wachtel said a lot of work is going on in the area to mitigate risk, and because of what we’ve seen over the years in the state, that includes now forest fires.

“We know it is important to understand our vulnerabilities and identify them and work to become resilient and be ready to adapt to these changes which are perhaps a little different from what we anticipated in the past” , said Wachtel.

In 2015, the Town of Lakewood adopted a sustainability plan. The city also has several neighborhood leader group projects that tackle environmental issues, such as waste reduction and community gardens.

Teresa H. Sadler