Since I live in Southern California where fires have been ravaging our mountains, neighborhoods and homes of thousands of people, I have decided to write about social change with regard to the environment. Of course there are many reasons fires can start, and sometimes we don’t ever find out the cause, but the information we do have is vital to help prevent the spread of wildfires moving forward.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “since the 1970s, unusually hot summer days (highs) have become more common over the last few decades.” While other parts of the country are experiencing extreme temperatures and weather conditions that are evident in all of the hurricanes, flooding, etc., the West Coast is hit by extreme heat that leaves us more susceptible to wildfires.
Many people think that climate change is not a social issue, but that is simply not true. There is no one magic cure or answer to this major issue, but if everyone made just a concerted effort to be more conscious of their choices, we could be headed in the right direction. Even the simple act of not tossing cigarettes or cigarette butts out the window while driving could potentially save an area from being overtaken by wildfire.
Basic research has already been conducted on what’s going on in the environment. Now is the time to target specific areas that have markedly extreme consequences of climate change and implement interventions. This can be on a grand scale, nationwide, or on a smaller scale, countywide. So many people are already coming together to do what they can to rebuild their community, but beyond that moving forward, progressive intervention needs to occur so that we can prevent more tragedies from happening in the future. Now is the time for companies, like Rescue: The Behavior Change Agency, to start encouraging young people to be proactive and change the world!