Just when you thought Arizona couldn’t get any hotter, right? Yesterday’s NYT article on how that state’s Sky Islands, the uniquely biodiverse plateaus, are changing due to higher heat regimes is borne out not only by news of such destructive fires but also by daily observation on the ground. A friend who works for the Sky Island Alliance in Tucson says her staff, while out ripping up roads or monitoring wildlife corridors, has been noticing that species are disappearing from islands, being squeezed out by the changes.

It really brings home that no matter what kind of activism we’re involved in on a daily basis, whether it’s knee-deep in a watershed or coordinating youth development efforts in inner-city neighborhoods, we’ve all got to turn out with our friends and families and Step It Up in April. It all comes back to the climate.