The western half of the United States are on fire.

Heat waves, toxic smoke, and evacuation warnings (and evacuations, of course) seem par for the course that is 2020.

As someone who folds under heat, I’m incredibly grateful for all the firefighters and support staff that are doing their best to combat the result of poor forest stewardship for the past 100 years, global warming, utility monopolies, and the irresponsible actions of people who like explosives.

I think a lot of people who have been affected by the fires are asking what they could have done differently to prevent the fires, or minimize the impact they have on them.

In retrospect, I probably would have started a campaign for more sustainable fire policy in California (where I live). I definitely know that I wouldn’t have waited to have a bag packed with essential supplies and a stash of water and food ready to go in the event of an evacuation. On a personal note, I’m pretty embarrassed to admit that getting proper renter’s insurance ahead of time would have been pretty smart, as opposed to shrugging it off.

Urgency often gets us to do things that we probably should have done much earlier. The threat of having everything you own burn down definitely creates urgency.

Even if you’re far away from the fires, what action could you take today that you’ve been putting off? Why not take that action now, before it’s too late?

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