We’ve been watching fires ravage California at both its ends. As @quesara_
pointed out, it’s much harder for people to separate themselves from the deep tragedy of others right now — when you can literally feel their devastation in your eyes and throat and lungs. The smoke has been oppressive, and it’s a constant, important reminder of our neighbors up north and south who suffer unspeakably.
If you don’t believe in climate change, open your eyes. Our lack of political will is literally killing people, and it’ll only get worse. This isn’t about saving the earth (never was). This is about saving ourselves. Whichever issues you care about — immigration, healthcare, education, whatever — recognize that all of these things presuppose the existence of a society. We cannot solve other problems without solving this one. Our very existence could be rendered irrelevant. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We cannot continue to lose the narrative. This is global climate disruption. Say it. Wildfire seasons are longer, droughts are more sustained, hurricanes are stronger — and it’s happening faster than we anticipated. Climate change can no longer be an issue limited to policy leaders, activists, and single-issue voters. Every single one of us will be affected. Whether we can gather the political will — and give future generations a fighting chance to drive the clean energy economy further and faster than we ever could — is up to us. I hope we can make them proud.
Donate to the CA Wildfire Relief Fund at: calfund.org