On July 29th, the Texas chapter of Moms Clean Air Force hosted “Monarch Butterflies and Climate Change” in partnership with the San Antonio Public Library, the University of Texas School of Nursing, and the University of Texas Monarch and Milkweed Project. This family-friendly STEM event included a panel discussion, butterfly and plant activities, and a demonstration that explored climate change and its effect on monarch butterflies, plants, and animals.
People of all ages and walks of life attended: Families with young children, grassroots advocates, people of faith, retirees, grandparents, gardeners, and military personnel. Children eagerly made their own craft butterflies, played with models of the butterfly life cycle, and watched a live chrysalis and caterpillar inching along a plant.
San Antonio is a Monarch Champion City (Tweet this), and the city recently passed a resolution in support of the Paris Climate Agreement. Educating the community about the connection between climate change and monarch butterflies was a great fit for San Antonio’s leadership and direction.
There couldn’t have been a more appropriate time to discuss global warming: With sustained daytime heat indexes above 108 degrees, San Antonio’s Health Department had issued a Level II heat advisory. That day, San Antonio hit its tenth consecutive day of 100+ degree temperatures.