Wildfire in California Aug. 26, 2020; source is BLM (http://www.blm.gov/photos/netpub/server.np?find&catalog=catalog&site=BLM&field=Keywords&op=contains&value=wildfire).

Climate crisis calls us to action

The news is bleak. By mid-September, wildfires raged in 15 states, taking homes, lives, livelihoods and infrastructure. ... All the while we are living through the worst worldwide pandemic in over 100 years, coronavirus. Deforestation and mass extinction leave us much more vulnerable to epidemics like this.