The news of the forest fires in Arizona has been terrible, with deaths of 19 of the 20 elite firefighting force there. Such are the tragedies which such brave men give their lives to, in the service of their communities, as part of their job.
The rising temperatures in various regions of the world, including the mid and west coast of USA, points to the urgent need for something to be done in thinning forests by punctually felling trees in a systematic fashion so that there is least contact between trees and would help prevent forest fires from catching on and spreading further.
If there were five trees in a row, and five rows of trees, then a suggestion would be to take out the first, third and fifth tree of the first row, and 2nd and 4th of the second row; then first, third and fifth of third row; and so on. Draw a little diagram and see. Such felling would not cause deforestation, and would in fact add to the fertility of that land, as fewer trees drink the water. It would change the ecological system for the better, with more moisture in the air, improving humidity, and lessening the tinder-box stage which has caused such devastation in Arizona.
Every year, at around this time of the year, forest fires are heard of in Greece, Australia, west coast U.S. and various places, with loss of houses and lives.
My hope remains that the authorities in all such areas would make a concerted effort to thin the forests, and the central governments must allocate budgets and help in this cause. Nationally and internationally, such initiatives and their implementation can only benefit all world communities. They would make a much needed contribution to reducing global warming as well.
I close this with a prayer - May the souls of the brave Arizona firefighters rest in peace in Heaven.
(written by Duru-darshan)