The solution to California's wildfire crisis
California has been plagued by drought, irregular weather pattern, and wildfires, costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars in reparations annually.
Drought has left the land vulnerable to wildfires which is quickly transforming California's landscape into a desert. Poor land management accompanied by irregular weather patterns have drastically increased the rate of wildfire occurrences compared to previous years.
Preventing and eliminating the threat of wildfires is easier said than done, right? Wrong! Even with the odds stacked against humanity, we can defeat the climate crisis by allowing livestock to graze public lands and national parks. It sounds crazy, right? Using livestock to fight back against the negative effects of climate change, but it's actually possible! By introducing livestock to trouble areas prior to fire season, the grazing livestock would clear out the grass that would otherwise act as kindling for wildfires. The bio-solids from livestock will create a natural, nutrient rich mulch that will retain moisture and add nutrients to the soil. Maintaining vegetation alive through the dry season is key to alleviating the drought problem. The root systems of flora such as shrubs, grass and trees will retain water from rainfall and then slowly release it back into the soil, this will then create or make its way to a body of water, thus restoring the natural streams and rivers and maintaining a healthy water cycle.
The benefits for this land management proposal are numerous: restore soil nutrients, prevent soil erosion, and restore degraded land. All of these positive actions will lead to a healthy ecosystem that will help the state endure the adverse effects of climate change.
Desertification affects millions of people all over the world. It destroys billions of hectares of agricultural land, forcing mankind to encroach into animal habitat, this leads to the extinction of many species annually. You can help stop and reverse this serious threat by sharing this article with your teachers, classmates and community representatives.