Environmental: Torres del Paine Fire

 

It pains me seeing beautiful pristine nature burn. Torres del Paine in Chile, one of my favorite National Parks is combating multiple fires once again. The previous fire was started by a tourist in 2005, which destroyed about 155 km² of the park. Knowing wild fires are part of a natural cycle and being aware that fire is important for growth in certain ecosystems, it does feel senseless when in this case, the fire is suspected to be caused by yet another careless tourist or by the local indigenous group, the Mapuche tribe, using fire to raise attention to their cause in reclaiming their ancestral lands.

The last of the flames are currently being extinguished and a reforestation plan is quickly being drawn up to prevent further ecological damage and in order to reverse as much damage to the forest as possible.

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