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Why are the California wildfires getting worse?
“The fire season is getting longer and longer,” Professor Kent G. Lightfoot from the University of California, Berkeley states in this episode of the Our Future Now (OFN) podcast about the devastation of California wildfires and how each fire season (primarily September and October) they seem to grow worse. OFN Co-host Jonah Gottlieb, a resident of Northern California who has peril in these fires, asks: “How did we get here?”
Lightfoot, an anthropology professor (Gottlieb is his student this semester) takes a look at the history of California wildfires — from politics to climate change. The professor, Gottlieb and OFN Co-Host Natalie Mebane examine actions that have helped in the past, notably indigenous burning practices.
The key, they say, is rethinking how we deal with fires.
California Wildfires: Action Items
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The Our Future Now Collaboration
Our Future Now, a National Children’s Campaign Podcast is co-hosted by Jonah Gottlieb and Natalie Mebane. Gottlieb and Mebane are also co-founders of NCC. Gottlieb, a high school senior from Petaluma, California, is also the captain of One Planet Living and the co-founder and president of Global Awareness. Mebane is the Associate Director of US Policy for 350, an international movement looking to end the use of fossil fuels while promoting renewable energy.
Our Future Now is a collaboration between Parentology, the National Children’s Campaign and Goal 17 Media.
The National Children’s Campaign (NCC) is a national nonprofit organization that amplifies the voices of America’s 74 million children and youth, making sure our nation’s political leaders prioritize issues –health, education, climate and environment, child welfare, gun violence, child immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, and youth civic engagement — that matter to those who are too young to vote. You can read more about today’s episode on the NCC blog here.
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