Read this: This article in The Nation Magazine by Subhankar Banerjee reminds us of some disturbing effects of climate change. Most disturbing is that this fire “shouldn’t have been burning at all.” This is “the wettest rainforest in the continental United States”. There had been recent rains and yet “deep in Washington’s Olympic National Park, the aptly named Paradise Fire, undaunted by the dampness of it all, was eating the forest alive and destroying an ecological Eden.” Why? Because “the Olympic Mountains and the meadows, normally still covered by more than six feet of snow, were bare.” Increasing droughts have a manifold affect on environment. Here in Washington, “way-higher-than-average winter temperatures. Then the drought that already had much of the West Coast in its grip arrived in the rainforest. In May, precipitation fell to 75 percent less than normal and in June it was a staggering 96 percent less than normal, historic lows for those months. The forest floor dried up, as did the moss and lichens that hang in profusion from the trees, creating kindling galore and priming the forest for potential ignition by lightning.” These types of changes show us, whether we want to believe it or not, that climate change is real, here and now. Our ability to do something about it is up to us. Read the rest of the article for motivation and look for ways to get involved.