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Paradise Lost- California’s Fires, Burning

In California Fires, Paradise Lost- In the Public We Trust, Our Nature Paradise, Reclaim

Amber, Natural Intelligence, Nature’s Reflection Photography @ 2018

Historic, record-breaking fires swept through the State of California this weekend… and our new Governor Gavin Newsom announced, California in a state of emergency.  Just as we dodged 1 bullet days earlier in the midterm elections, and reclaimed the House in DC… 1,000’s of houses in theRepublic of California have now been claimed by two of the most devastating fires in our history, the Camp Fire in the north, and the Woolsey Fire in the south.

It’s 6am Monday morning-Veteran’s Day in
California, and entire crews of strong, courageous, and self-sacrificing
fire-fighters are 24-7, battling on all fronts to take back the neighbor’s
house….  Currently, the Camp Fire raging
through Paradise in Northern California is 25% contained, with 29 deaths, 200 +
missing, 6,453 homes and 260 commercial buildings incinerated across 111,000
acres of land. Similarly, the Woolsey Fire crossing both Ventura and Los
Angeles Counties in Southern California is 15% contained and continues to burn
across 85,500 acres, having taken two lives and destroyed 177 buildings;
including the Malibu mansions of well-known stars. Nearly 57,000 structures are
still threatened…and the fire danger remains high across the entire region.

It’s 6am Wednesday morning. Camp Fire is
35% contained, 48 deaths now confirmed, 8,817 structures destroyed, 7600 homes
lost. Woolsey Fire burned 97,620 acres, 2 deaths, 57,000 structures threatened,
483 buildings destroyed; 47% contained.

Visit Fire
Tracker
for current updates.

Imagine people (just like us) living the
dream in Malibu’s mountain paradise on Friday night, rising early Saturday
morning to jump in the car (or for some celebrities, like the Kardashians… a
private jet), and scramble for your life to escape a climaxing fire event,
flanking Malibu’s main road (in-out) on both sides. We are living in
extraordinary times. Imagine the security cameras of homes (just like ours)
capturing live the consumption and incineration of family legacies, as well
historic Hollywood film sets, like the Western Town on Paramount’s Ranch. We
are living in extraordinary times. And who would have thought we would ever see
llamas tied to lifeguard stations on Zuma’s beach, covered in auburn haze?

And just when we think it could never
happen to us, another fire patrol zooms overhead to ensure that spot fires
could (and do, like the 41 acres at Griffith Park over the hill) easily flare
up here too, when lifted by the warm, dry Santa Ana winds. Indeed, the threat
of fire is real all across the Ventura/Los Angeles county wildland interface.  Fire conditions are in this season ripe to
roar, but thank goodness the winds were forgiving these past days, so no fire
has yet knocked on our door.

Pixabay @2018

Part I: The Problem

The Real Fire Raging

It’s not that Californians are foreign to
fire. The Santa Ana winds kick up every year and tempt the shrub oak, chaparral
bushes, and pine forests to ignite. And, I imagine other responsible, firewise
residents like us ensure every autumn— their trees are well trimmed,
drip-irrigated gardens green, water hoses ready, and family evacuation plans,
well thought. Right?! Wouldn’t the same level of preparedness hold true for
you, smart residents living near hurricane/tornado alleys, below avalanche gulches,
and within flooding zones, too? Most of us living at the wildland-urban
interface at one point realize nature can and will eventually disturb, no
matter what you’ve heard. The mild threat of danger lurks everywhere, all the
time… but the same is true for streetwise urbanites, keeping wary eyes out for
crime, theft, or violence on their city blocks. No one living anywhere is ever
100% safe. And while no one can ever be 100% prepared for a natural disaster
either; building greater awareness and better coordination among citizens
living in a fire zone (or subject to other nature threats) is always a
powerfully positive topic of discussion when events like our California fires
remind us of our place in nature.

And that said, there is a deeper
conversation I believe also needs to be highlighted… one concerning the
constant threat of fire burning across our multi-year, drought-effected
California. Even when the fire events mushroom up each Indian summer, this persistent
fire continues to smolder underground, traveling throughout the roots of
communities across the West. Clearly, we Californians have entered a new
abnormal reality in regards to the frequency, intensity, speed, and spread of
wildfires. And, the dramatic change in fire behavior these past years is an
expression of these hidden, enflamed roots… the fires, their symptoms.

So what is the real root of the problem
that continues to flare up in extreme fire events across the West in recent
years? The root is nature consciousness. We have become disconnected from our nature…from
our human+nature conscious selves. As Californians we love our outdoors. We
swim in the oceans and hike in our mountains. We know we need nature and we are
drawn to quiet, natural places, outside the city to re-create and to refresh.
But that said, we have somehow forgotten amidst the busy-ness of life that we
not only reside in nature, we are nature. Our every action has an impact-for
better or for worse; on the environment in which we live, locally and globally.
While we could have a whole conversation about our cultural environment and our
human+human nature; I’ve focus this opinion piece on our human+nature
connection to explore what has changed in California (and across the West) to
disrupt the natural life-giving role of fire in nature and to disfigure the natural
shape of the fire triangle in such a way to cause out-of-bounds death and
destruction across our wooded oak hills and mountain forest ecosystems.

Even after studying fire during my
master’s in natural disturbance ecology at Utah State University and working in
Boulder County as the fire ecologist; I still feel I know very little about the
mysterious nature and behavior of fire. That said, I do remember and always go
back to the basics of the Fire Triangle. Fire needs a right ignition source,
enough fuel, and ideal fire climate… as anyone who has tried to light wet wood
with a dull piece of flint on a snowy, cold afternoon could also tell you.
Right!?

So how have we changed the shape and size
of the fire triangle to now bear witness to such a dramatic, new abnormal shift
in fire behavior that’s precipitated these unruly, extreme fires burning now in
California?

Pixabay @2018

Fire ignition

The population of Los Angeles is
estimated at just over 4 million (census in 2016, and there are likely a whole
lot more of us now). As well, 10.16 million are accounted for in the Los
Angeles county- the largest in the US. So first, there are now an extraordinary
number of us–potential ignition sources. And a good percentage of these
ignition sources (citizens) are driving cars, motorcycles, and trucks across a
network of large and small windy roads, with little-none- overgrown vegetation,
celebrating birthdays with barbecue parties, lighting up cigarettes or
marajuana joints in neighborhood parks, using electronics, ovens, stoves in the
home, daily. Further imagine, 10 million people is quite a number to feed a
constant stream of electrical power too, over towering transmission lines,
still many buzzing over ground. That’s also a large number of citizens for a
city and county to educate and make consciously aware of our ignition potential.
After all, it just takes one spark with the right fuel at the right time… and
the wrong, mistaken, or unconscious action.

Disfigured
Fire Triangle Hypothesis1:

There
are many more of us-ignition sources.

Re-figured
Fire Triangle Solution 1:

Educate everyone in Firewise prevention and safety.

Pixabay, 2018

Firefuel

Genius architect and visionary designer,
Frank Lloyd Wright built beautiful homes in California (and across the US) that
integrated nature into the design, creating almost a seamless connection
between the indoor and outdoor living space. In these homes we feel healthy and
whole, as his architectural wonders elegantly meshed with the surrounding
natural environment. But while the vision and design motivations of FLW are
brilliant, it is important from a fire safety perspective to delve deeper into
the ecology of the natural ecosystem where we live… and design our home to be
Firewise, too.

As a starting point, the nature of
forests is that they succeed and senesce. Fire, degradation, death, and
destruction are necessary processes in the living, dynamic, zero waste, synergistic,
and circular ecology of every natural system. Therefore, to preclude fire from
occurring or to alter the biodiversity/age/fuel composition of woodland, forest
species will inevitably tip a naturally balanced system out of balance…and only
delay the eventual ignition of a likely more extreme fire event. The nature of nature
is that she will always swing the pendulum back to center and return to the
golden mean. It just is her way. As well, as water seeks a path of least
gravitational resistance, fire will seek a path of greatest fuel source and
oxygen. So if we steward the land in one direction— e.g. exclude fire from a
system for so long, let fuels accumulate in our forests unnaturally, or build
our homes where fire naturally wants to burn… then we must expect her to
eventually react, recalibrate… and fire to return.

Such was the case of Paradise and Malibu.
Fire was long overdue. But the good news forward is that now aware by reducing
fuel loads, we mitigate the threat of extreme fire events; we can direct fire
prevention resources (local, state, federal) toward public works projects to
selectively harvest forests and to trim them back to greater health. Further, the
super-good news is that when we invest in such sustainable forest management
practices, we also employ a young workforce, who can extract wood, sell the raw
resource, and/or convert it into natural capital given the right business
model. We live in California–the land of the possible, creative, innovate, and
free; so we can figure out a way to make money when we save the forest day… It
doesn’t have to be free!

Earth Guardians, Nature’s Reflection Photography @ 2018

On that note, here are a few amazing
people and programs to watch, who are doing just that…

Youth Voices: On the Firelines

Cory Beattie, Wildland Firefighter and Student


West Coast Resilience

Governor Jay Inslee, State of Washington

Mayor Ted Wheeler, City of Portland, Oregon

Mayor Gregor Robertson, City of Vancouver


Increasing Forest Resilience, Supporting Clean Water

Leigh Madeira, Co-Founder & Partner, Blue Forest Conservation

Finally, reflecting again on FLW’s deeper
ecological message of living in tune with our human+nature; we shouldn’t forget
nature as our teacher in figuring out ways to reduce our forest fuel load and adapting
to the good life on the wildland-urban interface. Nature can give some good advice
(life having evolved on this planet for over 3.8 billion years) on optimally designing,
building, re-building our homes & gardens in sustainable, elegant, and Firewise ways.
And just to give one example… the spider spins a web that is beautiful in its
form, while efficient and resilient in its function. She uses minimal
insect-water resources to spin her web… and she places it in the ideal location
to attract food, while also protecting against natural disturbances, like wind
sheer. There are 1000’s of these biomimicry examples from nature, where she
shares her wisdom and can inspire the thoughtful, healthy design of our homes
and sustainable lifestyles. If you are interested to learn more… and to receive
a daily nature inspiration this 2019, then visit, Naturally Intelligent by Design to
learn more and add yourself to our email list.

Disfigured
Fire Triangle Hypothesis2:

Forest
fuel is overly dry and excessive.

Re-figured
Fire Triangle Solution 2:

Think
like a spider, well manage your forest garden to reduce fuels.

California Fires, Creative Commons, 2018

Fire climate

What does Trump’s US trade war with China
have to do with the new abnormal fire climate and subsequent anomalous speed,
scale, frequency, and intensity of California fires? It turns out, quite a lot.
Brazil currently exports 65 million tons of soy to China. The US exported 30
million tons to China… until Trump started the trade war. Now, China is turning
toward Brazil to pick up the soybean slack… and what do you think the country
would say to this new massive, multi-billion USD export opportunity… especially
the new presidency under Jair Bolsonaro? (Forest Finance Summit, UN, 2018) Already,
from 2006 to 2017, Brazil’s Amazon lost 91,890 miles2 of forest
cover (Google Earth)- an area 50% the size of the East Coast, to mining,
ranching, soy bean production. “The combined impacts of deforestation, climate
change, and extensive use of fire to clear lands in the Amazon has now brought
the tropical forest to its tipping point.” Tom Lovejoy (environmental
scientist) (NYT, Nov. 8, 2018)

If the largest contiguous tropical forests
vanish in the name of development and progress, then the ability for the forest
to drawdown the
excessive carbon we have put as a species and at a planetary scale… also
vanishes. Consequently, we are left with a global climate, which has spun out
of its “goldilocks”
ideal climate phase
and tipped into an entirely new climate
paradigm… one that climate models continue to predict will bring longer, drier,
warmer weather to California Mediterranean climates. If the Brazilian
government, now charged by a man who recently claimed: “where there is
indigenous land, there is wealth underneath it, and we are going to reclaim
it…” (NYT, Nov. 8, 2018) continues to unleash unregulated bands of miners,
loggers, and farmers to clear forest land; then the tropical forest ecosystem
will collapse… and fire will continue to rage across California forests, and
beyond.

Thus, the changed climate of fire and
abnormal fire behavior we have seen in California, and likely will continue to
experience here on the West Coast, is directly and strongly influenced by our
climate actions on a planetary scale. And that is why it is so important for us
as individuals, communities, and global citizens to continue to drive our new
climate economy toward renewable energy; as well, to protect and promote healthy
forests and sustainable management.

Disfigured
Fire Triangle Hypothesis 3: Human-caused global climate change has shifted
local fire climate conditions to greater extremes.

Re-figured
Fire Triangle Solution 3:

Reduce
your carbon footprint.

Part II: Solutions

Nature’s Reflection Photography 2018

Nature’s Solution-the
Forgotten Forest Solution

It’s very tempting to accuse the dark,
destructive forest of causing the deaths of now 48 people and damage to
billions USD property. However, nature is not our enemy; it is ourselves. When
we live amidst and alter our environment, we become our environment. Nature is
a reflection of ourselves… and when nature is not well; we are not well.

The good news is that the converse is
also true.

When nature is well; we are well. When we
protect the health and integrity of forests, we drawdown carbon and oxygenate
our air, we feed ourselves, 1.2 billion people can work, 2/5th of world
families gain access to natural medicine, 1/3 of the climate challenge is
solved, and 70% of the water on the planet is filtered and cleansed for our
consumption. When nature is well; we are well.

That means when we act as the stewards of
nature and make conscious decisions to control our economies and communal
ecologies that support life; life supports us. The forest is not only a sacrificial
victim in the abnormally large and intense California fires, still burning— the
problem; but also the solution. If the world’s forests (taken as a whole) have
the capacity to draw
down
25% of our carbon excess in the atmosphere due to human
activity, then forests are a massively important part of the solution to
mitigate climate change… and advance forest fire behavior in the Western States
to a new, healthier normal. Clearly, we have entered an abnormal period in
human history, where our impact on our environment has reached planetary scale
impact. And, we have a choice. We can be responsible or not. We can leverage
our global influence for bad-and destroy life; or for good… and support life.

And when we choose the later, then we are
obliged to hold ourselves accountable to reducing our carbon footprint,
offsetting our fossil-fuel burning activities… and eventually eliminating them
all together. The Roadmap
for Global Climate Action
and the Global Footprint Network show
us the way, where we can all play a positive role… And, our journey starts with
understanding our natural world, appreciating our stewardship responsibility,
and making lifestyle/business/consumer decisions that are realistically and
practically tied to our sustainable values in support of life.

People’s Solution: In the
Public We Trust

Nature’s Reflection Photography 2018

I truly believe that most people are
good. I truly believe that most people want the best for their families and
their communities. I truly believe that most people care about life and want to
leave a positive living legacy. I truly believe that most people appreciate and
care about their home and their environment, and would like to live in peace. I
truly believe that most of us are naturally intelligent human beings.

And as nature continues to checkmate our
un-intelligent human actions; she reminds us of this stewardship role we were
meant to play here and now…and when we don’t, won’t, ignore, or choose to
remain passive… we have by default chosen to suffer the raging consequences,
together. (Watch:
I See Fire, Ed Sheeran)

In Trump We Do Not Trust

But if it’s our nature and our true north
to support life and to protect the natural world upon which life depends; then
how is it possible we have traveled so far south? How could we elect a
President who has such disdain of, disregard for, and disconnection to his
personal health— suffering from a “disordered mind” (according to Ian Hughes,
filled with hate, paranoia, and narcissism); and the health of the people and
country he is —by oath and by law, required to protect? How is it we have lost
our moral compass direction, true north?

At least we can be grateful that Trump
has not succeeded to pull the majority of the US population off the cliff, so
far right toward few of his most extremist policy moves (e.g. repealing the
Affordable Health Care Act or constructing a fortress wall on the Mexican
border). Yet, he has sadly, successfully, and in such short time… unraveled
more environmental protection legislation and unleashed an unprecedented wave
of unsustainable, harmful activities, which are destructive to our environment
and to our democracy, than any other US President in history. From insisting on
the Keystone XL pipeline, to removing our country from the Paris Climate
Agreement, to bringing coal-fired power plants back online, to removing vehicle
emission standards; this US leader, in God, we can not trust. And even recently
when he had the opportunity to trash ocean trash and encourage Americans to RRR
(reduce, reuse, recycle) plastics; he used his stage to trash China…for
trashing our trash in our collective commons, Pacific (peaceful?) Ocean. Why?
What is the advantage to humanity, lost; by continually poking at the nuclear
fire and causing climate chaos? Does he realize that he is playing carelessly
with our lives and the collective survival of our species? (For a deeper,
thoughtful reflection see: Jeff
Sach’s: Trump’s Diminishing Power and Rising Rage
)

In Constitutional Law and
Moral Leadership We Trust

The good news is that we do live in a
democratic republic where constitutional law, when violated, should trump even
Trump. And as The
Children’s Trust
Juliana vs. United States climate lawsuit continues to take
its course for trial in the highest Supreme Court; we will see if justice
prevails.

Meanwhile, other shining lights still
provide moral leadership and orient us back to our true north on a global stage
(e.g. PM Trudeau and President Macron, Chancellor Merkel, although outgoing),
in local state governments (e.g. Kate Brown, Gavin Newsom), and across corporate
America… (e.g. RE 100 Network of companies, American Sustainable Business
Council) “We are Still In” the Paris Climate Agreement. Specific to our forest
& fire narrative; over 475 companies have still made and maintain commitments
to net zero deforestation in their operations by 2020. As well, the Tropical
Forest Alliance continues to grow strong and capitalize on the public momentum
gained at the GCAS (Global Climate Action Summit). Harrison Ford’s plea to
fight for Nature “The Forgotten Solution” continues to ring true in the right
circles. Of course, we “can’t forget nature” as again, healthy forests are 25%
(at least) of the carbon drawdown solution. Other examples of leadership wins
on the forest front lines in Latin America, include: the Environmental Minister
of Peru, Fabiola Munoz Dodero partnering with WWF and the Moore Foundation to
help indigenous communities map, to claim, and to protect their lands; while
TNC (The Nature Conservancy) and Santander aggregate $50 million USD in loans
for farmers who commit to protect virgin lands…especially now in the frenzy to
produce more soy for China. These aims and aspirations, it will be important
for us as consumers to encourage and to support in the coming years.

Thus, in the Public we Trust…for in the public we now must trust.

Nature’s Reflection Photography 2018

In Indigenous Peoples We
Trust

Thankfully, one of the most important
groups in the world we really can trust with our public trust is the indigenous
peoples. The good news is that many local communities who have historically
maintained sustainable lifestyles across seven generations, embracing the 7th
Generation long term stewardship philosophy and role in their natural communities…around
the world are rising. Bioregional in nature and collectively organized socially
in tribal groups, the indigenous peoples are now organizing more effectively
and coordinating their message of responsible stewardship, more impactful …
thanks in large part to digital media communication tools and a new
organization, Nia Tero

Nia Tero, led by former CI (Conservation
International) Executive, Peter Seligman, exists to secure indigenous ownership
of vital ecosystems. As most indigenous groups remain well tuned to their
human+nature, they are our best role models to learn how to live in a naturally
intelligent way and to support the viability and integrity of human+nature
ecosystems. And when it comes to fire; they are often the first recruits hired.

In the Future of
Bioregional Communities, We Trust

I love this quote from Taxi Driver
Wisdom.

 “You are not any safer in first class.”

Indeed, there may be a massive financial
divide between the trailer-dwellers and retirement home residents in Paradise
and the uber-wealthy celebrities scattered throughout the Malibu mountains, but
in the end all are residents of our home, Earth. And when we “see fire inside
the mountain, …if the sky should be filled with fire and smoke…then we all burn
together.” Ed Sheeran,
I see Fire

Years ago I studied fire as part of my
master’s program at Utah State University in natural disturbance ecology; and
soon thereafter, I started work in Boulder County, Colorado working as the fire
ecologist. My mandate was to educate mountain communities on the role of fire
in the ecosystem and to encourage them to collectively manage their properties
in Firewise ways;
(e.g. creating defensible space around their homes, re-roofing with fire
retardant materials, selectively harvesting pine/fir trees from their dense
forests, part of their land conservation easements). All new developments we
could regulate; but the established grandfather
properties we could not. Some communities welcomed our trainings and
support. Other communities- representing a mix of laissez-faire,
government-hands off Republican second home owners, staunch Libertarians, and a
range of colorful solitary characters; did not entirely embrace fire rules or
regulations (from local, state, federal governments).

 I
hadn’t thought of this time in my life for a while, but these fires miles from
my home in California and the community demographics of the fires; flashed me
back like lightning to this time in my life.

Why share? Why share now?

Inspire Film, Earth Guardians, Nature’s Reflection Photography 2018

There were lessons I learned in Boulder
in that job, through that experience. I recognize community social patterns
that could help those of us living in wild land –urban interface communities
now to mitigate the threat of fire in our neighborhoods in the future.

Simply, the key to successful fire
prevention I saw as a pattern in the many communities we served in Boulder was
“collective action”. Especially in the case of a fire, it takes a village (and
land managers responsible for and around that village) to think and act FireWise. In
Boulder County, our entire education program was community-based and focused
heavily on homeowner responsibility to the community. Preventing fire and
mitigating its spread when fire conditions were ripe; I learned, required 100%
commitment by everyone. And as many mountain properties were historic mining
claims, the homes in these dangerous fire zones, sat at the top of thin slivers
of steep mountainside, accessible only by narrow, winding dirt roads.  Thus, the mountain community was only truly Firewise if
everyone on the entire mountain slope- everyone; well managed their private
lands. A few years ago, I returned to Boulder to produce a film called Inspire for the Paris
Climate Summit
with the Earth
Guardians
-committed now to the Children’s Trust
lawsuit… to inspire all country leaders to stop their heated arguments and
fiery rage… and protect our climate for future generations. We told the story
within the context of an Incan legend, threatening fire on the mountainside if
people did not band together (in Firewise ways) to mitigate the larger global
threat of climate change. How symbolically relevant, right?

Inspire Film, Earth Guardians, Nature’s Reflection Photography 2018

Further, the strangely serendipitous
(worst) part, was that the only location we could film our winter fire scene for
our little film, Inspire, was
in the Gold Hill community, whose surrounding forests and homes (including the
beautiful cabin where I rented a room) were completely devastated (leveled) by
a wildfire in 2010, the Four Mile Fire. How ironic and how powerfully symbolic
did that film site become for us in our story then…. and as it turns out also
now, to our ever-evolving fire-climate story. (Additional note: Most of those
homes sat at the top of old, grandfathered mining claims, conflicted by the
complex social constraints explained above.).

Now as I am again
living in Southern California and witnessing wildfire very close to home; the
fires in Malibu not only remind me of my life in Boulder, but inspire me to
learn more about California’s Firewise programs. Interested? Take a look: The NFPA’s Firewise USA

The long & short
is that if we imagine our homes as part of a bioregion, and we manage our
individual property in ways that protect the larger whole; then in the public
we can trust….

And, if we, the
people, still choose not to protect our property, then the duty falls on our
representative leaders to protect the collective and to require us as citizens
to mitigate future “perilous” threats to our sustainable health… like fire. Perhaps
again here we can point our compass north toward Canada and PM Trudeau. His new
climate policy encourages individual Provinces to put in place climate initiatives
and cap-trade incentives to reduce carbon. If provinces fail to do so … no
problem. The federal government-committed by law to protect the public trust,
now promises to step in and federally regulate carbon reduction. That’s moral
leadership, and that’s what’s missing in our US government now at the federal
level…to protect us from future fires out west and larger
socio-political-economic fires, globally.

Inspire Film, Earth Guardians, Nature’s Reflection Photography 2018

In
Moral Conscious and Fearless Youth Rising and our Future We Trust

In the wake of
Washington state’s failed Carbon Emissions Free Initiative (I-1681) last week,
perhaps the most refreshing news on NPR’s Fresh Air was again that hopeful
story of traction by 21 youth (Climate Trust), pursuing course to protect our constitutional rights “to
live in a climate system capable of sustaining life”. The California fires
remind us this week; we are all susceptible to suffering the threat of climate
change in real, visceral ways. Thus, we can be grateful to those youth who have
put their childhood aside for a greater cause. Thank you….

It has been a few years since we produced Inspire with the Earth Guardian and premiered in Paris @ COP 21. And, I have to admit I am both surprised and uber impressed by how far they have come, how committed they continue to be, and how empowered and empowering to other youth they are…historic. During the midterm elections, they were actively, centrally, and successfully encouraging their peers to exercise their right to vote, and to vote intelligently. Indeed, now they have power… and as they grow up to inherit70% of the nearly $58.7 trillion USD of global investment capital (UN Summit,2018); they will in the next decade have real buying power, as well. In these Earth Guardians , I believe, we can trust to speak with the right heart, right moral values, and right vested interest in the future… their future.

Inspire Film, Earth Guardians, Nature’s Reflection Photography 2018

And as this is very
good news; we must all still remain “vigilant and cautiously optimistic”. We
continue to approach climate tipping points of no return, and the California
fires are just another reminder that we all need to accelerate our climate
action now lest we run out of time. Achim Steiner (UNDP chair) and Johan
Rockstrom (Potsdam Institute)

Thus, my main
message to Thrive Global readers is:

It’s time to pointour moral compasses due north again, and be the people the Public CanTrust…because right now it is up to ALL OF US to protect Paradise, Lost! We have a Roadmap. Let’s use it!!!!

Published by Catherine Cunningham, PhD in Thrive Global

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