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See America ‘Redwoods’ poster: original and remastered versions. Courtesy of Hannah Rothstein.

California’s redwood forests and Yellowstone’s geysers are cherished national treasures. But artist Hannah Rothstein is afraid the parks will be unrecognizable in the future.

To illustrate the dangers, she’s re-envisioned a series of iconic National Parks posters from the 1930s and 40s.

Rothstein: “I took the original images and remastered them to create the depiction of what the images would look like in the year 2050 with climate change.”

To show how wildfires are becoming more common, she reinterprets an image of the lush Redwood forests as a wasteland of burnt trees:

Rothstein: “It looks like these sort of ghastly, skeletal vestiges of what trees used to be. And there’s this yellow sky in back that’s sort of is a sickening color.”

She also altered the wording. The “World’s Tallest Trees” became “Once Home to the World’s Tallest Trees”.

Artist: 'Climate change is a one-way street with no U-turn. ... there's not really a lot of going back.' Click To Tweet

Rothstein says she based her posters on scientific research. She hopes it makes people consider the consequences of a warming climate.

Rothstein: “Climate change is a one-way street with no U-turn. So if we continue to do bad things to the environment, there’s not really a lot of going back.”

Reporting credit: Rosie Simon/ChavoBart Digital Media.

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