I’ve been thinking on the Yosemite fires and the causes of them. Basically it all boils down to a lack of respect for our planet. We as the human race have been very neglectful and abusive to our planet, however this isn’t a post on how horrible we are.
Global warming cannot be blamed for any particular natural disaster like the Yosemite fires because how can you qualify a statement that did? However, there is no doubt that the rise in temperatures on the planet contributes to less snow pack in the mountains and less spring runoff. This rise in temperature also increases the amount of energy storms we see. So we get things like dry-lightning occurring more often which is a perfect way to start a wild fire.
How can we stop these “natural disasters”?
1. Take back the deserts
In many parts of the world, deserts have taken over areas which were once lush grassy meadows or abundant forests. Reclaiming a desert as a forest is not some magic which is unattainable. Geoff Lawton shows in his video Greening the Desert, that this is entirely possible in one of the driest places on the earth; Jordan.
2. Stop killing the ocean
The ocean is vast and it’s the biggest bio-filter in the world. It has insane regenerative properties, yet it never seems to get a chance to heal itself because of corporations like BP and Exxon dumping huge amounts of oil into it. Not to mention the Fukushima nuclear power plant dumping radioactive water into the ocean.
The ocean is being stripped of its resources. I remember my dad telling me about the abundance and ease of fishing when he was a kid, and how it’s completely different now.
Give the ocean a chance to heal itself and it will amaze you.
3. Stop buying things
Our planet is being destroyed mainly because of one thing. The dollar. That’s exactly what you would expect a commie Canadian to say isn’t it? Well, I’m not a communist. I’m saying if we stop buying, they will stop stripping the earth of resources at such a huge rate.
When we buy something, we should be proud of that thing! We worked hard for the money we put out for it. Why would we settle for something made with planned obsolescence in the business model? We want our things to last! Ever notice how if we buy clothes now a days, they wear out in a year or less? Yet I can go to a second hand store and buy something made in the 70′s which will outlast anything I buy new on the same day.
I’m not writing this post pointing fingers at anyone because I’m not perfect. I firmly believe that everyone is at their stage in sustainability and that we’re all trying to get a little better. I’m just trying to show that it is possible to change the way things are going environmentally.
If you have any thoughts of your own on this, please share them with me.
Thanks so much for reading.