I never want anyone to walk out of their home and see a thick white cloud of smoke that has descended upon their neighborhood, suffocating them and turning the sun bright orange-red.
Climate change and other human effects have increased the frequency and intensity of wildfires. Not only do wildfires kill plants and wildlife, but they also decrease our air quality, burn our homes and cause spikes in fear. But we are not too far gone, people can once again live through a Vancouver calendar year without the impending doom of wildfire smoke. Science is coming up with novel solutions, such as mapping forests to calculate how they burn, controlled fires, and more! But we all need to support these efforts by participating in the research, educating ourselves on wildfire issues, and advocating for policy-level change.