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The state song of California, adopted in 1951, celebrates the beauty of California’s rich, diverse natural landscape, from the redwood forests, to the natural exports of honey, fruit, and wine. Today, these lyrics ring more painful than joyous to residents who are forced to watch these same forests and fields of grains burn down year after year.
In 2020 alone, we experienced five of the six largest fires in state history, cumulatively emitting over 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air. Just in 2021, California wildfires burned over 2.2 million acres of land, the carbon emissions equivalent of over 16 million gas powered vehicles driven in one year. While many are aware of the impact of these fires on the land, people, and infrastructure, their release of excess CO2 into the climate further exacerbates this issue, creating the perfect conditions for even more wildfires in the years to come.
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