Wildfires play an important role in a healthy ecosystem. They maintain the ecological integrity by replenishing and rejuvenating the landscape while helping to return nutrients to the soil. At the same time, wildfires can become unwieldy and pose a severe threat to the stability of our communities. After the nation faced massive devastations from unwieldy fires such as the Peshtigo Fire and the Great Fire of 1910, the forest service began implementing strict policies stating that all wildfires were to be quickly suppressed.
Last week a garment factory building collapsed in Bangladesh, leaving over 500 workers dead. Labor organizers argue that this tragedy could have easily been prevented if there were regulations put in place in the factories to ensure safer working conditions. However, the lack of regulations allows for fashion companies to pay less money for the manufacturing cost of their clothing which makes it cheaper for people to buy the products in stores. Should the effort to sell clothing at such a low price justify hiring garment factories with poor and dangerous working conditions?