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Extreme wildfires are exploding in California, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres in the Bay Area and around Northern California, threatening old-growth redwood trees and forests.

In California, extreme weather conditions have become what The Guardian describes as the “new abnormal,”  an ‘era of megafires’ and the ‘examplar for climate change extreme events today.’

Wildfires are raging from the coast of California to the Rocky Mountains. California has declared a state of emergency and evacuated tens of thousands of people from their homes. Already this year more land has burned in California than all of 2019. In Colorado, nearly 200,000 acres are burning from four ongoing fires. 

According to InsideClimate News, these fires “may also be the latest examples of climate-driven wildfires around the world burning not only much bigger, hotter and faster, but exploding into landscapes and seasons in which they were previously rare.”

The message is clear. Climate change is happening all around us and is no longer an abstract problem for the future. 

For the Earth Minute and the Sojourner Truth Show, this is Theresa Church from Global Justice Ecology Project.