It's crazy to think about how many forest fires happen around the world each year. I remember last year when I had to drive passed the town of Lytton in the summer shortly after the fires. It was absolutely devastating to see the destruction the fire had...
We are in a losing game! We are in an endless loop of literally putting out one fire, to only have another one pop up. Some can argue that this is due to us FIGHTING NATURE. The more we fight fires, the longer we are preserving those fuels in nature that would have otherwise been burned. In turn, we are leaving more fuels in nature that only helps ignite and spread future forest fires.
This sparks the thought: what is the best method to mitigate the fires? One way to tackle this is prevention -for example, prescribed burns? There are so many beneficial outcomes of this... however it has to be done to just the right amount. It is interesting to entertain the idea of fighting fire with fire.
My Vision is to live in a community/ environment where climate change no longer is on the uprise for causing more fires (through drying fuels in nature). My values are to truly realize the impact climate change as on our globe; from temperatures rising, glaciers melting and fires starting.
Modes of intervention come from as a community, finding sustainable methods to both prevent and fight fires. There is a fine balance between fighting fires to just the right amount in order to lead to further prevention (burning some of those fuels). This is a tricky thing to balance, and it's hard to know if there is perfect solution out there - but the least we could do is try, and try to mitigate our impacts that contribute to climate change.
Continuing education surrounding this topic is important in order to create aware members of society who will in the future contribute to to fighting fires in the most sustainable way!