For the 15 million of us who live in Northern California, life changed two weeks ago.

It was not only the horrifying loss of lives, homes, communities, landscapes and the ravaging of Wine Country, a tourist destination more popular than Disney World.

It was the shock of how suddenly life can change — and on such a massive scale.

It was the unavoidable proof that we are interconnected in this climate-changing world. Some experience supersized hurricanes, some drought and unprecedented wildfires, some sea level rise.

And it was the awful feeling of being powerless to protect one’s children from the most fundamental thing in the world: the air we breathe…

So what happens now? Like the hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico, Houston, and parts of Florida, the catastrophic fires in California point to some important things that we could allow to change us for the good. For example:

It’s OK to get mad as hell about the unconscionable failure to protect people—children, especially—from climate change.

As parents, we all want to protect our children from harm. Some things we can’t protect them from, and that’s always a hard pill to swallow. But the science on climate change has been clear for decades; so have the solutions.

The only thing that has ever been lacking is the political will. And if you want to understand why, you only need, as they say in journalism circles, to follow the money. It leads right back to oil and coal interests, as The New Yorker writer Jane Mayer chronicles in Dark Money.

Should we quietly if grudgingly accept this—knowing unprecedented tragedies such as those we have seen this year are the result? Hell no. We need to (continue reading on Moms Clean Air Force.)

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