I mentioned in my inquiry question post that I would be continuing on with the same question that I had in the previous cycle, but now I will provide more details as to what steps I will be taking to complete my research on this topic. In case you don’t know what I’ve already researched, here is a recap:
Research Round 1: Introduction to wildfires, causes, factors
Research Round 2: Impact on vegetation and wildlife
Research Round 3: Impact on water and soil
Research Round 4: Link with climate change
As you can see, I haven’t yet addressed the impact on humans and how people and governments can or should prevent and/or manage wildfires. Therefore, I plan to research more on how we are affected in terms of health and economy, what governments have done and how successful it has been, and based on all my research over the past few months, I will discuss what areas I think need improved aid and funding in order the reduce the number of wildfires and the negative impacts they have.
Here is my plan for the next cycle:
Research Round 1: Impact on human health
In this round of research, I will discuss the effects of wildfire pollution on human health, and how it might affect different age groups and people with different conditions. I also will look into the impact wildfires might have on mental health.
Research Round 2: Impact on humans economically
In this round of research, I will investigate how wildfires cause the loss of people’s lives and homes – how people’s lives have been affected by wildfires and how farm industries can be destroyed because of wildfires, and therefore their wealth. Moreover, I will research the economic impact on the government and overall economy of Canada, as I have read that wildfire suppression can be quite costly.
Research Round 3: History of wildfires in Canada
In this round of research, I plan to dig deeper into the history of wildfires in Canada, researching what years were the worst and which years were the best in terms of number and sizes of wildfires in the country, and if I can, I will try to find out why certain years were worse or better than others, and how these wildfires affected our country.
Research Round 4: Conclusion
In my final round if research, using all the information I will have gathered over the past months, I will decide how much funding the Canadian/BC government should be used for fire prevention/control as well as how it should be used. I will base this on what has been most negatively affected by wildfires and need the most support, what strategies have been used and how successful those strategies have been to prevent and suppress wildfires.
That’s all I have planned for this cycle, if you have any other suggestions or ideas or resources that I can use, that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading!