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We have so much news to share, but this week, we're keeping our focus on the brave firefighters and volunteers, working to control the 416 Fire, blazing just north of our headquarters in Durango, Colorado.
CISR Coaches, Collaborators, Instructors, Practitioners and Advocates have been affected and/or involved in the efforts. Some have been evacuated. Our co-founder, Dr. Holly Duckworth, can see the billowing smoke and water-hauling helicopters from her front porch, but their household is thankfully not ordered to evacuate (yet).
Next week, we will return to multiple stories about SHERPA activities around the globe.
The BIG question that we've gotten, as the 416 Fire has been growing to nearly 30,000 acres, is whether this will impact the SHERPA Virtual Conference scheduled for next week. The answer is that the show WILL go on! The Virtual Conference promises to be 3 amazing days - a truly sustainable Sustainability Conference! We'll also be DOING GOOD as we network and share insights. In collaboration with the amazing global non-profit IREX, we have a pay-it-forward campaign, raising funds for professional development in third world countries. The Institute is also sharing fund raising efforts for those affected in La Plata County (see information below about the La Plata Humane Society or visit our Facebook Page) Part of the team will broadcast the Virtual Conference from our offices on Main Avenue in Durango. Downtown is not in the evacuation zone, but the air quality is awful. Other team members will be broadcasting from across the U.S.
Presenters and Keynotes are located in dispersed locations, so the Virtual Conference stays on schedule, in the shadow of the 416 Fire.
What can you do to help with 416 Fire?
There are several organizations that are stretched to capacity, in the face of this crisis. The County Fairgrounds is serving as a holding station for livestock!
As of last Friday, the LaPlata Humane Society
has taken in over 60 evacuated pets: 42 dogs, 17 cats, two ducks, a rabbit and a turtle.