Rolling Stone outlines a fantastic overview on the effects of the wildfires that have devastated the West this summer including the effects and the problems faced both environmentally and human-caused.
“This is the present, and the future, of climate change. Our overheated world is amplifying drought and making megafire commonplace. This is happening even in the soggy Pacific Northwest, which has been hard-hit by what’s been dubbed a “wet drought.” Despite near-normal precipitation, warm winter temperatures brought rain instead of snow to the region’s mountains. What little snow did hit the ground then melted early, leaving the Northwest dry — and ready to burn in the heat of summer.”
This article hits close to home for me, quite literally. The greater Seattle-area is home to the majority of my close friends and family, and when the Cascadia Subduction Zone drops, it will have disastrous effects on more people than any other natural disaster in North America.
What can we do with this fear that this article brought to the forefront of our minds? What can we do but live in fear or live in the moment? We can prepare. Know your exits in every situation, keep a backpack packed with food supplies, water, matches, water, flashlights, oh and did I say water? This article points out that it will take a month to a year to restore drinking water. And finally, lobby with cities to ensure that safety evacuations are shared with tenants, and buildings and roads are built with this ensuing threat in mind.
“On the face of it, earthquakes seem to present us with problems of space: the way we live along fault lines, in brick buildings, in homes made valuable by their proximity to the sea.”