The Fire Next Time

It seems no one has a free moment these days. I, however, had the luxury to sit down and watch a 13-minute video – an epic length by today’s social media standards – that examines how problematic policies, fuel build-up, and climate change has endangered America’s forests.

The Fire Next Time by filmmakers Stephen Most and Kevin White takes a look at the 2013 Rim Fire that burned 256,000 acres of the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park.

I came away with these words in my head: scary, eerie, daunting and encouraging.

It’s scary to see how these megafires impact watersheds, wildlife, and carbon storage. It’s eerie to watch the images on the screen. It’s daunting – the scale of these fires;  yet it’s encouraging because this event helped forge a coalition of environmentalists, loggers, scientists, officials, and land managers who recognize the need for actions to forestall the next big one. And that’s what we are all about here at Carpe Diem West. Get the right people together. Talking. Solving. Creating Solutions.

All that from one short film?

Take the time to watch this short video and you may come out thinking the same way as I did. It made me stop and ask – where else can I make a difference?

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Renee Hassle
6-4-15

Photo Credit: Poul Riishede / Shutterstock.com

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