"If you do not believe in science, I hope you believe in observed evidence," Newsom said as he stood amid a charred landscape in Butte County on Friday.
Over 68,000 people were under evacuation orders in California where the largest fire in state history has burned over 740,000 acres (299,470 hectares) in the Mendocino National Forest around 120 miles (190 km) northwest of Sacramento.
GAVIN NEWSOM: If you do not believe in science, I hope you believe in observed evidence. You walk around this community, you walk around this park around Lake Oroville, you see the reality, a reality that is set in in this state, and very indelible ways.
And that is we're in the midst of a climate emergency. 3.154 million acres burned as of this morning, close to 3.2 million acres burned in the last number of months here in the state of California.
26 times more acreage burned this year in the state of California than in 2019.
Continue to do what you've done, you'll get what you got. And so that's why I'm here a little more animated. Explaining this to my four kids, my little four-year-old who's moved from talking about a novel coronavirus, actual language a four-year-old uses, to now talking to me about what is going on outside, and why he can't play around with a soccer ball outside.
That's not the world I want to leave to my kids. Not the world you want to leave to your kids. This is not a world that anyone should be experiencing. And we don't have to.
Our decisions, not conditions, that will determine our fate and future. And so I'm very, very, proud of California's leadership in the absence of national leadership. And I recognize our responsibility again to accelerate those efforts.