“Mike Flanagan, a professor of wildland fires at the University of Alberta, says the fire’s proximity to the city (of Fort McMurray), as well as data that shows there were no lightning strikes in the area, lead him to believe the cause of the fire was likely human” (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/05/05/fort-mcmurray-fire-cause_n_9850128.html). Other experts say forest fires are more frequent, and more intense, due to climate change (caused by humans). “New research suggests that hydraulic fracking of oil and gas wells is behind earthquakes caused by humans in Western Canada” (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/03/29/fracking-earthquakes_n_9565096.html).
Maclean’s magazine was tapping into the issue already a couple of months ago:
“Encyclopedia of the oil crash: F is for Fort McMurray
…and First Nations, fracking, and fly in, fly out” (macleans.ca,February 3, 2015)
…. and fires.
But the wild fire of Fort McMurray is likely symbolic of something much greater. Perhaps this disaster is an allegory to be interpreted to reveal that there is so much more to consider than the recent report recommendations on the future of fracking (Panel’s recommendations on shale gas development were released Friday, Feb 26, 2016).
The earth is speaking; are we listening?
Hurricane Sandy is another example. Was the name given to super storm Hurricane Sandy really coincidental? Those interested in Greek myths may recall that Cassandra (often shortened to Sandra or Sandy) was granted the gift of prophecy. Given by Apollo, he himself was “god of truth and healing but also plague and death. He had dominion over the ‘Colinies’ or city-states of which Sandy’s landfall New York is a modern day equivalent… Sandy was surely nature’s way of giving us a foretaste of the revenge of Gaia” (The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is Fighting Back – and How we Can Still Save Humanity (2006) is a book by James Lovelock). Read more about Hurricane Sandy as Cassandra at http://www.resilience.org/stories/2012-11-20/hurricane-cassandra).
On Thursday (2 blogs foreward), a poem by Hannah Renglich expresses “for lost land and wayward soil” in a deeply felt way.