Photographed the last day of another year yesterday and here is 2017, a new addition to Weather Patterns, an on-going visual diary of climate breakdown.
The years 2017, 2016 and 2015 make up the 3 hottest years on record for the planet. 2016 and 2015 were El Nino years and to have 2017, in which El Nino was absent, join the others in the top 3 illustrates the relentless pace of climate breakdown.
Also emerging in this work is evidence of the record-breaking forest fires here in the Pacific Northwest. Note the yellow cast to many of the photographs about two-thirds of the way down the work.
Last June an article appeared in The Guardian titled “World has three years left to stop dangerous climate change”. Reporting on a warning letter from prominent climate experts, this now gives us 2.5 years from this new year’s day. If we hope to still have a planet hospitable to life by the end of this century the time for action is now. There are solutions prepared and plans made to meet this challenge and we must demand that our representatives in government put them into action.