During the 2002 drought in Colorado, the city of Longmont shut down most of the city soccer fields, in a vain effort to protect the grass. I was coaching kid soccer at the time, and went to a city council meeting and asked them to open the fields because :
- There is nothing wrong with playing on dirt. Kids in much of the world play on dirt and go on to win the World Cup.
- Scientists say the drought is only going to get much worse, as global warming gets worse.
By autumn 2006, I was regularly coaching in freezing cold rain and snow, almost every weekend.
The city council did open the fields up after that meeting. Apparently my appeal was effective.