M Merle 

18, Aleut 

As my family and I fled the man-induced (man-made, human-caused) wild-fires, we came across this valley tucked away from harm and smoke and spent some time there reflecting and reveling in the nature, purity, and goodness. My college studies and career aspirations are to have a future secured in an environment much like the past – free from buildings, smog, people, process, pollution, garbage, and other destructive contributions. In the future, I want us to be able to live off the land and support ourselves, as we have done in the past; free.