California is currently on fire. According to The New York Times: “the Mendocino Complex Fire has grown to more than 300,000 acres, becoming the largest fire ever recorded in California. In fact, three of the largest California fires since 2000 are burning right now.” The consequences of climate change and global warming are having lasting impacts on fire seasons. Planet Earth is confirming scientific data and evidence.
On August 6th, President Donald J. Trump tweeted: “California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!”
Immediately, public officials, firefighters, scientists, and citizens rebuked Mr. Trump’s statement. For example, Daniel Berlant, assistant deputy director of Cal Fire told The New York Times: “We have plenty of water to fight these wildfires, but let’s be clear: It’s our changing climate that is leading to more severe and destructive fires.” I’ll stick to the experts on this matter.
My art practice investigates how climate change deniers distort reality to impact perception, social behavior, institutions, history, and truth. SAVE ME description: A standard trucker mud flap has been repurposed altering its function. The artwork highlights Earth’s fragility and how human activity increases greenhouse gases resulting in ocean warming, melting glaciers, and increasing sea levels. President Donald J. Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, proposed offshore oil drilling, and the US Department of Agriculture banned the words “climate change.” Global citizens must protect and save Earth before greed and indifference becomes the fatal blow.
The weekend has been filled with unhealthy air. On Friday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued its seventh Spare the Air Alert due to wildfire smoke and smog from automobile pollution. From the BAAQMD press release: “Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat and irritated sinuses. Elevated particulate matter in the air from smoke can trigger wheezing in those who suffer from asthma, emphysema or COPD. Elderly persons, children and individuals with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to elevated air pollution levels and should take extra precautions to avoid exposure.”
Earth needs help and a tweet can’t deflect the truth. Saving the planet is saving humanity. Henry David Thoreau: “When in rare moments our whole being strives with one consent, which we name a yearning, we may not hope that our work will stand in any artist’s gallery on earth.”