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  • Writer's pictureKaren Brittingham-Edmond

Poor Air Quality Today. Be Sure To Wear Your Mask Outside!

I love the smell of naplam in the morning! (jokes) Although when you look out your windows it may look like a war scene outside, just know that it is not!

This afternoon after running errands or preparing to go to work, you may have noticed that as the day goes on, smokier forecast gloom in the sky. What we are experiencing are the aftereffects of Canada's wildfires. Canada's wildfire season runs from May through October. And as of 2023, Canada is experiencing there most destructive wildfire season in history. Also, in Jackson, New Jersey, Forest Rangers are experiencing triple the size of wildfires and are asking the public to avoid the area. To learn more, click the link below.

The current results of today's wildfires could point to the ongoing concern of climate change, which has driven extreme temperature plus drought-like conditions in the North. This then makes traditional areas where wildfires naturally occur to be more devastating. Wildfires, believe it or not, is a natural occurrences where indigenous native people who descend from people who have lived in parts of North America and Canada for the last 3,000 years know how to manage events. Indigenous people would utilize a "controlled burn system." Before European colonization of the Americas and Canada, indigenous peoples used controlled burns to modify the landscape. The controlled fires were part of the environmental cycles and maintenance of wildlife habitats that sustained the cultures and economies of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas and Canada.

As these two landscapes became more westernized, laws were established starting in 1850 to block the indigenous practice of controlled fire ecosystem of native people. Per the Yurok, Karuk, and Hoopa Tribes of Northern California, "human-managed fires across their traditional lands are vital."

So what should you do?

  • When going outside, wear a mask.

  • Ensure all windows are shut inside your home and turn on your portable air purifier.

  • Make sure you have plenty of clean water available to drink.

  • Being that certain people have a history of panicking when something unusual occurs, drive defensively. People who act more panicky than others will likely drive erratically because of fear of what seems to be the unknown. So be a cautious driver.

This, too, will pass. Thanks for reading, and if you would like to learn more about the history of indigenous people, "Good Fire," ECOSYSTEM, please click the link below and have a blessed day!


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