WILDFIRES CONTINUE TO RAGE ACROSS CALIFORNIA AND OTHER PLACES

 



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The year of 2021 will be permanently etched into the history books as one of the worst recent years in humanity. Coronavirus ghastly presence still persists taking thousands of lives everyday and forever changing the human perception. But, before even Coronavirus began to make headlines, the world turned to Australia as wildfires burned hundreds of homes, displacing thousands in process and completely destroying the natural habitat of numerous indigenous animal species in the region.

Last year, Brazil was left helpless and could do nothing but watch wildfires burning everything down in Amazon rainforests. Amazon rainforests provide massive amounts of oxygen to humans on earth. The very existence of humanity on this rock had come into question when the lungs of earth burned into dust. Experts attributed the wildfires to excessive logging in the region and the drastic climate change today as the main causes of wildfires. As usual, the Brazilian president who completely failed to guide one of the most diverse and beautiful countries on earth during corona crisis. He recently made a comical statement that Germany should environmental lessons from Brazil. I almost keeled over laughing.WILDFIRES CONTINUE TO RAGE ACROSS CALIFORNIA AND OTHER PLACES

 

The year of 2021 will be permanently etched into the history books as one of the worst recent years in humanity. Coronavirus ghastly presence still persists taking thousands of lives everyday and forever changing the human perception. But, before even Coronavirus began to make headlines, the world turned to Australia as wildfires burned hundreds of homes, displacing thousands in process and completely destroying the natural habitat of numerous indigenous animal species in the region.

Last year, Brazil was left helpless and could do nothing but watch wildfires burning everything down in Amazon rainforests. Amazon rainforests provide massive amounts of oxygen to humans on earth. The very existence of humanity on this rock had come into question when the lungs of earth burned into dust. Experts attributed the wildfires to excessive logging in the region and the drastic climate change today as the main causes of wildfires. As usual, the Brazilian president who completely failed to guide one of the most diverse and beautiful countries on earth during corona crisis. He recently made a comical statement that Germany should environmental lessons from Brazil. I almost keeled over laughing.

As for the United States, Donald Trump denies and dismisses climate change and climate sciences. He says that it will become cooler and yet he didn’t backup that statement with a single shred of evidence. In August, wildfires in the west coast of United States of America had began and are still burning in California. The sky around San Francisco became a golden dome with hectares of forest lands burning. Brave firefighters and volunteers continue to work hard to end the wildfires and they might succeed in the near future. But, that does not by any means mean that wildfires would not happen again in the future. United States of America, Brazil, Argentina, Portugal and Australia are the countries of concern and very well could be the places that we might yet again see wildfires scorching the earth. According to a news report on CNN International News, wildfires are happening in arctic circle. You have heard that right. Arctic circle. The north pole of the earth. One of the coldest regions on the planet covered in spine chilling temperatures and magnificent glaciers. Wildfires in Arctic circle are emitting high levels of C02 which could further complicate the situation and raise the threat level substantially.

 

What causes wildfires?

Wildfires can be either caused naturally or by humans.

Natural Wildfires – These wildfires begin due to high temperatures in dry vegetation lands and sawdust, leaves can act as combustibles and start a wildfire.

Human-caused wildfires – The human caused wildfires can be caused by not putting out campfires properly, equipment malfunction, arson, smoking and human encroachment of forest lands.

What can we do to stop wildfires?

There is nothing we as humans can we do about natural wildfires. Our courageous and highly trained fire brigades across the world will continue to work hard to put out the fires. You can volunteer along with fire brigades to assist them in the process. As for the human-caused wildfires, there are many things an individual can do to play his part in eradicating wildfires. Before leaving a campsite, campers should thoroughly put out the fires and check around if there are any combustibles like gas, fuel are packed or disposed correctly. The governments can impose restrictions on logging companies to an extent. Wood is necessary for our survival but depriving forests lands with excessive logging has brought us to this point. Reduce your carbon footprint. Bicycling to work will decrease your carbon footprint and can do great things for your health. Stern punishments for individuals who caused arson can prevent wildfires happening in the future. As the years are going by, humans are occupying and settling in deeper forest lands. The forest lands belong to animals and indigenous people. What people are doing by encroaching those lands is environmental colonialism. Reduce plastic waste and begin to rely on solar energy. If we were to build a future for the generations to come, we have to preserve the present.

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