Sunday, July 7, 2013
Chosen Topic: Global Deforestation
Chosen Areas of Focus: Wildfires
Article Title 1: Colorado wildfire: thousands evacuated in Colorado Springs By Kurtis Lee and Erin Udell
This article tells about how many people in Colorado had been evacuated due to the raging wildfires that have been happening. I personally live in the Denver area and we have not had any wildfires down here. Unfortunately due to the dry weather we were not able to light any of our own fireworks for the 3rd year in a row. The fires have gotten so bad that the flames engulfed a group of firefighters trying to put out the fires and 19 of the group had lost their lives. The heavy rains that we have gotten over the past weeks have helped a lot with putting out the fires. Going back to the fireworks, we were still able to enjoy our 4th of July fireworks at the usual firework shows. We still had a very fun 4th of July without being pyros ourselves.
Article Title 2: Sunlit sprouts emerging from Colorado burn areas By Bruce Finley
This article states that new plants have sprouted though the ashes. These plants will hopefully live though until next summer and still have to survive the wildfires. If these plants grow, we will have the parts of the forest that was burnt down back to what it was in about 10+ years. The article also represents that even though chaos and destruction, there will always be something that lives on after the events. The people of Colorado can even help plant new trees in the nutrient-rich soil due to the ashes. If we get a town or two to help plant we can get the forest replanted in 6 months to a year.
What I have done to help.
I have helped by not shooting off fireworks this year. Unlike some people who still light off fireworks they are risking starting a fire in the dry open fields that most of us live by. Not only are they risking starting a fire, but also risking the lives of people who live nearby. There is