As crews contained the fires that devastated California this fall, the state’s focus shifted to moving forward.

In a letter to the editor in the Los Angeles Times, Environment California State Director Dan Jacobson said pollution reduction must be part of the plan. “As my mother once told me, when the bathtub is overflowing the first thing you do is turn off the water. The first thing we need to do is stop altering our atmosphere with climate-changing pollution,” wrote Dan. “We need to work right now on moving our economy (and using California as the leading example) to clean energy.”

Dan called for increasing solar and wind energy, switching to electric vehicles, and living in buildings that save water and produce their own renewable energy. The fires serve as a reminder that global warming is real, it's affecting us now, and we need to act boldly and quickly to meet the challenge.

Photo: A Helicopter drops water and fire retardant on a California wildfire. Credit: Public Domain.