We Are Burning - Johanna McCormick

Acrylic on canvas | 20 x 20″ | $300 Contact Artist to Purchase
© 2021 Johanna McCormick
Every year the California wildfire season gets longer and worse. In 2020, more than 10.3 million acres burned, compared with 4.7 million acres in 2019. Five of the top 20 largest California wildfires fires occurred in 2020. Wildfires in California alone have burned a record 4.2 million acres, damaging or destroying 10,500 structures and killing 31 people.

Last summer, the August Complex Fires together burned 1.03 million acres in six counties and continued into November. They are considered the largest fires in California’s history.

Fire season in California looks different these days. Temperatures are hotter. Fires are bigger and more destructive. Air quality is the worst in decades.

Are we causing this? Do our continued activities such as burning fossil fuels, deforestation and farming cause the temperatures rise across the world? Will we continue to let this happen? Can we find a way to turn this around? What will happen to the Earth if we cannot?