Greetings from Washington, D.C. where the Washington Post has published an official finding that we long expected to be true: here in your Nation’s Capital, and across the northern hemisphere, July 2019 was THE HOTTEST month on record. To quote the character “Persephone” from my favorite Broadway show, Hadestown:

“It’s hotter than a crucible. It ain’t right and it ain’t natural.”

July 2019 also marked the highest-ever temperature recorded north of the Arctic Circle: 94.6 degrees in Markusvinsa, Sweden. Almost all of the high temperature records shattered during the past five years. From the WaPo story:

“[According to NOAA’s records], nine of the ten hottest Julys on record have occurred since 2005 and last month was the 43rd consecutive July above the 20th Century average.”

That’s not a weather phenomenon, that’s climate change. And, how about that climate change?

In July, excessive heat blew out electrical transformers that darkened half of New York City and all of Broadway. It delayed flights at major airports and fueled toxic blooms in shoreline communities along the Eastern Seaboard. At my favorite beachfront in Southern Connecticut, a man contracted a flesh-eating bacterial infection that required amputation surgery.

It ain’t right and it ain’t natural.

The infernal heat of July caused extreme distress and lost hours to hundreds of thousands of people at work. Rising seas, brownouts and blackouts from maxed-out electrical grids, superstorms fueled by paved urban landscapes and flat-roofed tar-covered buildings, beget existential crises. However, numerous sectors of business now see in these crises golden opportunity, to use climate change to change meaningful work opportunity.

One wildly successful company in the climate change fight is SemperGreen USA. Their specialization is in manufacturing green roofs and living walls which, when installed, help buildings significantly reduce their energy requirements (less air conditioning required in summer, less heating in winter) and capture rainwater for landscape irrigation. The work created by their innovation spans the typical disciplines of business: sales, engineering, operations, design, finance, marketing, etc. Yet, their work assignments support noble purpose: to help conserve the planet’s resources and empower people.

And their green roofs and living walls are truly awe inspiring.

We hope to feature SemperGreenUSA and other meaningful work creating companies in future episodes of The Tightrope with Dan Smolen podcast.

Like SemperGreenUSA, the cast of Hadestown turned crisis into meaningful work opportunity. Check this out:

Our best days lie ahead.

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DAN SMOLEN is founder of The Dan Smolen Experience. He is also the executive producer and host of The Tightrope with Dan Smolen podcast. Listen and subscribe to us by keywording “The Tightrope with Dan Smolen” on Apple Podcasts. Also, please rate us and offer suggestions for future guests and topics.

Photo credits: Manhattan Skyline at Sunset, iStock Photo; Living Wall, SemperGreenUSA; It’s a Blackout!, Hadestown Original Broadway Cast.