Our wildlands face a serious threat from climate change and continued human destruction. This calls for "rapid, systemic change," as Mr. Roberts highlights. This has its own special relevance in the desert -- beyond the need to cut fossil fuels and stem climate change impacts, we also need to demand more from the renewable energy industry. We need to keep large-scale projects away from pristine desert habitat, and push for the aggressive deployment of distributed solar generation in our cities or on already-disturbed lands. The most sustainable path probably is not the easiest path, but it will have the least regrets (unless you are a utility company executive!).
|Rooftop solar panels adorn a building at the visitor center for the Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada.|