The fire this time – a planet swelters, policy delays
Insights·July 27th, 2018
This archive futurist.com article was written by Glen Hiemstra, Futurist Emeritus. Glen Hiemstra founded Futurist.com in the 1990’s and is now Futurist Emeritus in the Think Tank. An internationally respected expert on creating preferred futures, long-range planning and assessing future trends, Glen has advised professional, business, community, and government organizations for three decades. He is available to work with incredible clients on futurist keynotes and foresight consulting projects.
Imagine fighting a fire to save a town, in 110 degree F temperatures. This is Redding, California. Now I have been through Redding many times, often in 100F plus temperatures, so the heat is not unusual. But, like last year, when fire strikes whether accidentally or is deliberately sparked, in our climate situation and the density of urban/suburban development bordering on rural areas, the situation can be very bad.
What is unusual, but not really unusual anymore, is that this summer’s fires around the globe are happening in the midst of the one of the hottest ever July’s on record.
Look, there are myriad reasons why fire seasons are worse now, many of them to do with where we live, and how we ignore sound fire prevention practices. But a hotter climate is not going to help, and in fact makes it more urgent to step up to climate change.
Nikolas is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA, and has worked with over 300 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…