This is Greenville, California, just a few short weeks ago …
This is Greenville, California, today …
Quite a change, yes? A whole town … gone. What you are seeing is the devastation left behind by the Dixie fire, now listed as the state’s 2nd largest fire in California’s history. What you are seeing is a result of the coal and oil industries and their purchased members of Congress who have blocked efforts to switch from fossil fuels to renewable sources. What you are seeing is the result of centuries of wanton disregard for our forests, our wetlands, our natural resources. What you are seeing is the destruction of life on planet earth by … well, the human inhabitants of planet earth … yes, YOU and ME.
To date, 361,000 acres have been laid to waste by the Dixie fire. 361,000 acres!!! Don’t look away, don’t get that glazed look in your eyes … this is … this is our planet, my friends!!! These are trees, the wildlife that live within and around the trees, GONE! DEAD!!! People have died, homes and lives have been destroyed! And as of yesterday, it was only 21% contained, meaning that more trees, more wildlife will die, more homes and people’s lives will be destroyed.
Today is August 9th. The Dixie fire started on July 13th, nearly one month ago, and is still burning out of control, devouring and destroying everything and everyone in its path. And this is not the only such fire, though it is the largest today. California and Oregon are on fire, parts of Greece and Turkey are afire. The world is literally burning around us, while we drive our gas-guzzling SUVs one mile or less to the trash dumpster, while we keep our thermostats set at a comfortable 70°, and while we plan our vacations … to fly to the Grand Canyon … if it isn’t on fire, that is.
Someday perhaps scientists will be able to estimate just how many lions, bears, wolves, condors and other critters died this year as a result of our greed and arrogance, but for now, suffice it to say that humans have single-handedly brought about the extinction of many species with their superiority complex, with their ignorance of the way nature works, and with their belief that their happiness is tantamount to all else.
Look at those before and after pictures again. Imagine that one of those homes was once yours, imagine that you lost every single damn thing you ever owned, including the pets with whom you shared your life. If you can, look at those pictures, imagine the people … the population of Greenville was, at last count, just over 1,000 … now without homes, without … anything. 😔