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Wildfires and climate change, I have good news and bad:
I had the good fortune to be in the Northern California fire area this August/September. I was sinking into depression when I learned from my Indian elder peers that fire brings many good things and can be used as an ally. In fact, control burns (aka controlled burns, prescribed burns) have been engaged by indigenous Americans for centuries, if not millennia. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (MCAS Miramar San Diego) conducts control burns in their enlightened wildfire preparedness program.
Knowing where to ignite
Knowing which direction the winds blow
Distant view of control burn
Good 1. Wildfires create smoke that rids the forest of bore beetles and other invasive insects.
Good 2. Wildfires burn off the underbrush and allow for new shoots of preferred flora to grow taller, stronger, and straighter for basketweaving, as well as edible and medicinal plants.
Good 3. Wildfires create a smoke cover from the sun, thus cooling the earth and the rivers, making it easier for salmon to swim upstream.
Good 4. (good for non-hunters) Wildfire smoke runs off the deer just before deer hunting season.
Bad 1. 95% of all wildfires are started by human error; big, clumsy, stupid human error. Only 5% of wildfires are started by lightning strikes; extremely difficult to reach even in the ever shrinking expansive west.
Bad 2. There is not enough forest to have it all go up in flames at once. We need the oxygen!
Bad 3. Every winged and 4-legged creature is rousted violently from their home and sent as refugees into unwelcome territory. Put out extra water for thirsty critters and, if you feed migratory birds, throw out extra seed.
On the other end of the spectrum
HURRICANE and FLOOD!
Based purely on my personal subjective empirical observations and conclusions, I am convinced that, like wildfires, flooding is caused 95% by big, clumsy, stupid human error, i.e. global warming.
I’m appalled every time I hear “we’ve learned so much from Andrew/Katrina/Sandy.” Yeah? everything except how to quit creating all the ingredients to make these horrific storms. As of this writing, we have over 1.5 million acres burning in the west, and Hurricane Irma has caused the largest mass migration in US history, over 2 million driven from their homes and 6.5 million without power.
While I was researching my statistics, I found this disclaimer for the state of Florida homeless shelters: “Due to the current foreclosure rate and US recession, many shelters have waiting lists. Please call before going to the shelter.” Good god, what have we done to ourselves?
What will we do with all this water?
Are we going to put out the fires with water? Did you know that it takes three times as much water to make your bottle than it holds. So, it takes three bottles of water to make the water bottle before we fill it with water = 3x the amount of water in the bottle, plus the water you’re going to drink from it.
Metal sculpture by Ralph Starritt, Starritt Studios Yreka CA 530-905-2521
Secondhand clothing diminishes several Environmental and Human Rights issues that are associated with haute couture. This is NOT a secret.
If we really want to end these horrific catastrophes, we’d best do what we should have been doing for 40 years: DIMINISH OUR GLUTTONY FOR OIL and BEEF.
What to wear to the Apocalypse
I highly recommend wearing your best stuff! However, if you want to hide the goods until it “all blows over”
and wear someone else’s best stuff, you must go secondhand shopping now! The shoes are from Eureka’s Little Shop of Hers, $16 by Eclisse of Italy, ordinarily $200+/-. This bracelet is from Oakland’s Buffalo Exchange, $20, definitely handmade. It is silver plated and very refined.
If every Westerner (in the socio-economic definition) eliminates just one bad environmental habit (not recycling, using plastic water bottles, taking more napkins than you need, blasting the water while you shave or brush your teeth, drive for frivolous reasons, run the air conditioner unnecessarily), then we can truly make a dent in what we’ve created. Do your part, and maybe the part of the person next to you. When 1 billion Westerners do something little, it all adds up.
Wild By Nature, Inc.