Losing our Giant Trees

For hundreds and thousands of years, California’s Giant Sequoias and Coast Redwoods survived fires due to their towering height and super thick bark, but Earth’s climate disaster is now proving too much for them.

While yesterday’s story by Bruce Melton, Mass Death of Sequoias Is the Harbinger of Earth Systems Collapse focuses on Giant Sequoias, the Coast Redwoods we visited in 2015 share a similar fate. An alarming number of these magnificent giants have been lost in just the seven years since our visit.

Climate change is killing giant sequoias in numbers that portend ecological disaster unless radical action is taken to reverse the impacts of the climate crisis. Sequoias, once deemed “unburnable,” began to be widely destroyed by fire in 2015, and then in 2020 and 2021, California fires tripled in area covered. The current best count of mature sequoias killed by increased fire intensity since 2015 is more than 13,000. There are only about 75,500 mature sequoias in existence.

Mass Death of Sequoias Is the Harbinger of Earth Systems Collapse by Bruce Melton | Truthout | August 9, 2022
Short video of our visit to the northern California Redwoods

What we need to do now is become motivated to reduce our climate culture’s warming target from 1.5°C, to less than 1°C to prevent these already activated climate tipping systems from becoming existentially irreversible.

Mass Death of Sequoias Is the Harbinger of Earth Systems Collapse by Bruce Melton | Truthout | August 9, 2022

Longer video of our visit to the Humboldt Redwoods State Park area — set the resolution to 1080HD for best viewing:

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