Camp Fire survivors, their supporters and #Climate Uprising film crew endure snow and cold to make their point

Not even cold and snowy weather could stop Camp Fire survivors, their families, supporters and the #Climate Uprising film crew from making their point: Climate change is real, it’s happening now, we don’t want this to happen to anyone else and we need to rise up and speak out now against the forces that continue to deny these realities.

About 200 hundred people gathered amidst piles of toxic ash, twisted metal and hundreds of dead trees for a group photo that will commemorate what took place on November 8th, 2018, in Paradise, Butte Creek Canyon, Magalia, Concow and Yankee Point, California – the deadly Camp Fire.

Here are my photo highlights of the event.

Group photo.

These children lost their home in the Camp Fire.

Nirvan Mullick, co-founder of #Climate Uprising and film director.

Some of the #Climate Uprising film crew.


Vocalist Susan Dobra and singer/song writer, John-Michael Sun became iconic symbols of what climate change is doing to the Earth and its inhabitants when #Climate Uprising filmed John-Michael singing and playing his guitar in the middle of their burned out home.

John-Michael Sun, photo by #Climate Uprising, taken soon after the fire. You can hear John-Michael sing his song, “I’m a refugee and I wanna go home” on the #Climate Uprising FB page.


Mary Kay Benson of Chico 350 asked the crowd to sign their Declaration of Climate Emergency (DCE) that will come up before the Chico City Council in the near future. Go to their FB page to endorse the DCE and for more information.


“Kale,” one of the event’s participants.


Ashley Turner grew up in Paradise.


Professor Mark Stemen, chairman of the ad hoc Sustainability Task Force, will ask the Chico City Council to form a permanent city commission on climate change at the Feb. 19th city council meeting. He asked everyone to attend the council meeting.


After the group photo participants were asked to lie down on the road to spell out the words “#Climate Uprising” while drones photographed them from overhead.

I was cold lying on the wet road, until I saw the clouds drift across a wide blue sky, and in that beauty I forgot my discomfort.  In the very midst of tragedy, beauty will somehow prevail. .