There was plenty going on in the news this week, but because the smoke from a Canadian wildfire settled over New York City, the media capital of the country, there really was only one story: climate change. Again, this was smoke from a forest fire, and though it made the air quality in New York the worst it’s been, it’s not “climate change.” But climate change increases the risk of forest fires, though … right? It depends on how far back you want to look in the records.
Climate Defiance, which proudly proclaims in its Twitter bio that it blockaded the White House Correspondents Dinner, had us all take a sobering look back at both the canceled picnics and the multiple calls to the morgue.
We choked on our own air today.
We wiped soot off our countertops.
We rushed our children to ERs and cancelled picnics and called up morgues to cart off our dead.
Welcome to the future. pic.twitter.com/hJpCxPYbcT
— Climate Defiance (@ClimateDefiance) June 8, 2023
Picnic’s canceled … everyone’s dead.
— AnnaZ (@AnnaZ) June 8, 2023
I died twice last year when the fires brought smoke here.
And people wonder why we mock New Yorkers.
— Bleu Cheque (@VERBAL_CHANCLA) June 8, 2023
The future – in about 5-10 days.
Drama Queen. pic.twitter.com/xN8IjCQ7Fb
— 🅶🅷🅾🆂🆃 🅾🅵 🅲🅾🅱🆈 🇺🇸 (@GhostofCoby) June 8, 2023
History didn't just start today, no matter how much you want to make it so.
— HomeyD (@HomeyDee) June 8, 2023
You should clean your counters more often if there's soot on them. Also, maybe learn to cook so there's less soot on your countertops. The ideal amount of soot on your countertops is none. You should strive for that.
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) June 8, 2023
Where do you live that you can just call the morgue and ask them to pick up dead bodies?
— 🏼💉🇺🇦Hollaria Briden, Esq. & Ally (@HollyBriden) June 8, 2023
— Kieran Eleison (@KieranEleison) June 8, 2023
Where are the bodies?
— Ron "Friar" Tuck (@FriarTuck60) June 8, 2023
Sounds like you’ve been choking on a crack pipe.
— No One 🇺🇸 (@tweettruth2me) June 8, 2023
Yes, fires are a brand new thing. No historical precedent at all. You're doing great.
— The Suede Denim Secret Police (@SDSPOLICE) June 8, 2023
West coasters living through wildfire season: oh look the sun looks awesome!!
New Yorkers: WE. ARE. ALL. GOING. TO DIE.
— Jasmine Keith (@Jasmine_Keith1) June 8, 2023
I just looked up the air quality in NYC, it tanks a 146. In 2020, here in N. Oregon we were over 500. We didn’t go all dramatic, we dealt with the problem. If we allowed some forest management we could keep these fires from becoming super fires.
— William Kolb (@KolbBill) June 8, 2023
— Mom (@4xy2xx) June 8, 2023
The climate change movement's bullying about forest management made the fires worse.
— Jules! (@sparkly_jules1) June 8, 2023
— Chaska (@ChaskaDaisy) June 8, 2023
rushing my child to the ER and canceling a picnic are about equally important to me
— Nick Smith (@yonicksmith) June 8, 2023
Hello, Morgue? Yeah, I keep tripping over all the dead on my street. Can you send your morgue mobile out here? Thanks.
— Jeff in Exile (@JeffHGreen) June 8, 2023
NYC today pic.twitter.com/3wM12zVOXY
— Godwin Meter (@GodwinMeter) June 8, 2023
Calm down ma’am.
— Scrooge & Marley Counting House Ltd. (@Master_Of_Coins) June 8, 2023
So many canceled picnics … this is what the future looks like.
Randi Weingarten says climate change is real, but her photo is fake https://t.co/ns5b5FN4jy
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 8, 2023