The Texas Drought Project was born out of efforts by the Texas Climate Emergency Campaign to facilitate passage of the Waxman-Markey bill on climate change in 2008-2009. Its co-founders, Jere Locke and Alyssa Burgin, came to the conclusion that many Texans were not yet willing to attach the words “climate change” to what was happening in Texas, but they understood intrinsically that, as one citrus farmer remarked, “things were changing” in Texas climate, weather and most certainly, rainfall patterns. Opening the conversation about drought, an issue every Texan understands and fears, enabled many Texas residents to see the connections between water scarcity and climate change, and continues to help them plan for the future.
Thus was formed the Texas Drought Project in June of 2009.
Since that time the project has contributed much to the education of Texans–and others– on climate change. Whether it’s calling out climate deniers among elected officials, organizing climate conferences, giving informative presentations to groups across the state, or assembling the largest environmental sign-on letter in Texas history–for presentation at the 2015 U.N. Climate Conference–its efforts have been at the forefront of action on climate.