Climate Emergency: Wildfires
At the beginning of 2020, the Australian wildfires flew to the headlines. As an American resident, I felt sorry for the people and animals who live down under, but my country is on fire too. The wildfires in California rage every year, and they keep getting worse. California boasts a higher GDP and population than any other state. California's Hollywood is the center of the film industry; some of the largest tech companies (Apple, Google, Facebook, Intel, etc.) were founded or are headquartered near Silicon Valley, CA. World Atlas says that California is the most visited state in the United States. Wildfires threaten all of this industry. Why would somebody travel to California if they could be caught in a situation reminiscent of the picture above? And who would risk their career to start a company in a place subject to extreme weather?
Let me clarify: contained wildfires can help forest ecosystems, but the fires we've seen in the media (or in-person if you live in the affected areas) are not contained, and they threaten life.
Climate change is real, and it's exacerbating these massive wildfires. If you don't believe that, ask any scientist. Climate skeptics have said that switching to renewables and nuclear energy would destroy our economy and take millions of jobs with it. Now we see that doing nothing will worsen these fires and more extreme weather. If wildfires continue to ravage California, people won't feel comfortable doing business there anymore, and that would devastate California and bring down the entire world.
I cannot stress how important it is to vote for candidates who will fight to save our land, wildlife, and industry. I analyzed both 2020 major party candidates, and EarthPlex strongly endorses Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
My heart goes out to the people who have been hurt or threatened by wildfires. You are experiencing the effects of climate change, and we must all work together to stop the frequent occurrences of extreme weather.
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