September 13, 2020
33 people have lost their lives so far as fires burn across the Western United States. Entire towns have fallen to flames, millions of acres have burned and 12 people are missing. The images circulating on social media seem otherworldly - orange skies, ash raining from above like the set of a movie set on Mars.
As shocking as these pictures are, our planet has been trending towards this for quite some time.
In fact, the last decade was the hottest on record, which scientists attribute largely to greenhouse gas emissions. America emits more of these gases per capita than any other country in the world, by a fairly wide margin. Although global warming can’t directly start fires, rising temperatures and drought create the perfect environment for fires to flourish.
In the battle against climate change, time is not on our side. Climate models predict an extreme increase in temperatures, unless we take drastic precautions.
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This morning in the Bay Area, we woke up to orange skies. Smoke from the 900 wildfires raging across our state had become so thick it blocked out the sun. The scale and intensity of these fires is not natural. California is one of the biggest oil-producing states in the nation, while CO2 emissions from oil and gas extraction fuels the unprecedented heatwaves that started these fires in the first place. Meanwhile, as millions of Californians are sheltering in place next to toxic gas and oil drilling sites, @gavinnewsom has continued to issue new permits for fracking and drilling during the pandemic. So much of what we’ve experienced this year are the exact impacts that climate scientists have been warning us about for decades. The next four years will be crucial to determining how much we can save — how many of the places and people we love. We CANNOT afford four more years of Trump and a Congress that fails to act in the interests of its people. If you have been feeling helpless and overwhelmed, you are not alone. But you don’t have to act alone either. As a movement of young people, there is still time to change the course we’re on. Our movement will not give up. We will not stop fighting for climate justice. Fight with us: vote.sunrisemovement.org Repost: @bayareasunrise #Climate #climatejustice #climatechange #wildfire #l #elnvironmentalist #green #greennewdeal #california #sabfrancisco #oakland #oregon #Trump #Biden #Democrats #Republicans #politics #vote
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