TAG: Wildfires

Responsible Fireworks Use

Responsible Fireworks

The year is almost over, and if the Mayan prophecy is wrong we will soon be celebrating the dawn of the impending New Year. There are many ways in which different cultures of the world celebrate this event, relevant to this article is the universal use of fireworks. Fireworks are a beautiful spectacle to observe, the fire showers that light up the sky bring a feeling of happiness and excitement to spectators. However, we need to consider the impact that fireworks have on the environment. The first concern in this regard is the effect that fireworks have on animals, the… read more

Fire and the Environment

Fire usage and the environment

Fire is a necessary resource in the daily lives of many African communities. From time immemorial, it has been used for cooking, generating heat in the winter, generating light at night, harvesting honey from wild bees, and for religious/cultural rituals, amongst other things. When used appropriately, fire is a wonderful gift from mother-nature. Similarly, when abused and/or misused, fire can be a curse to the natural environment and human beings alike. The Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that globally, 350 hectares of wild land are consumed by fire each year, and that 90% of the time such wildfires are a… read more