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In the past days, smoke has obscured the Puget Sound region and ash is falling around us from fires burning out of control.

It would be easy for a newcomer or a young person to assume Seattle summers have always been like this. They have not. I moved to Seattle in 1981. Exactly zero of those 36 summers produced so many wildfires that smoke interfered with people’s activities for days on end in the Seattle area. This is not normal.

Young people bring enormous energy and technological sophistication to the table, and older people bring the experience to recognize drastic environmental change and put it in perspective. Reversing climate change will require both.

Diana Farrow, Redmond

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