For our most updated information on wildfire smoke, visit our companion site, montanawildfiresmoke.org
To learn how Summer Smart fits into our community's broader climate resiliency efforts, visit climatereadymissoula.org
And the role of climate in all this? We shared our thoughts at this July 2021 City Club virtual event. You can watch HERE anytime.
Summer Smart is a collaborative initiative to help our community "weather the weather". Amid increasing summer wildfire smoke and extreme heat, we can be more physically and mentally healthy and resilient, helping those most at risk as we go.
why do we need to be summer smart?
Summer in Missoula is a beautiful time of year, with outdoor adventures beckoning and our town abuzz. But summers often bring days of sweltering heat and wildfire smoke into our valley. Some years are worse than others, but as our climate is changing, hotter temperatures and smokier skies are becoming more common. From warming trends to changes in snowpack and wildfires, explore the climate context of our changing summer conditions.
What are the local indicators of our changing climate, and why do they tell us we need to be summer smart? Temperatures and precipitation patterns are shifting right here in western Montana. We are digging into what that means for our summers, today and into the future.
what are summer smart's goals?
Climate affects mental health, too. Click HERE to learn how the changes we are experiencing can impact individual and community mental health, as well as how they can help us grow into a happier, more resilient, and more equitable community.