SUVs in ashes. The act of driving a car is really the act of giving an excuse so regularly you come to view it as an entitlement, in much the same way as American rightists vilify “welfare queens” for making a lifestyle out of a costly but freely available convenience. Cultural choices (e.g., building/fire-defending static home sites, irresponsible transportation choices) contribute directly to the likelihood & severity of wildfires such as these.
Our bio-sustainable toehold on this planet is minuscule. I am reminded (as I always am) of Ernest Callenbach‘s Four Laws of Ecology:
ALL THINGS ARE INTERCONNECTED.
EVERYTHING GOES SOMEWHERE.
THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH.
NATURE BATS LAST.
The Parkside neighborhood pictured below has an ‘Estimated Community Value’ ticker on its website: one programmed to advance six or eight cents every second. I wonder if that number isn’t a little outdated now.