A lot of us have only experienced volcanoes by creating models in science class, but there are communities where the threat of one erupting in their backyard is constant. So, how does living next a volcano shape their lives?  Here’s a window into the wonder of resiliency.

On this Saturday Around the World on EWC we’re heading to Indonesia, where you can find 76 active volcanoes and the brilliant and resourceful communities that have built their lives around them for generations! 1

It’s difficult for most of us to imagine what it would be like to live at the base of one of Earth’s most powerful and unpredictable forces. How do you go about your day to day activities without thinking of the giant time bomb looming above you? How is creating a life there even worth it?

In November 2017, Mount Agung, the highest point in Bali, erupted for the second time in recorded history. We’d like to thank Justin Pelletier for sending along this dynamic short film they created with Brick Productions! It explores the amazing way every society weaves the challenges of their surroundings into the fabric of their culture.

Here’s a window into one example of the experience and ingenuity of communities who live so close to active volcanos, and why they stick around. Take a look:

Thought-provoking, hmm?

Living within 100km (62.14 mi) of a volcano would be a terrifying prospect to many, but it seems that these communities have integrated the power of these natural formations into their culture. They harvest the sulfur it seeps out, farm with the nutrient-rich soil that it creates, and are in a way, forced to give a little more appreciation those days when everything is going well.

Do you think you’d be more in-the-moment if you had a constant visual of how quickly things could change? What’s the insight here for all of us?

Stay open!


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  1. “Volcanoes of Indonesia.” VolcanoDiscovery: Volcanoes Worldwide – News, Info, Photos, and Tours to Volcanoes and Volcanic Areas, Earthquake Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Jan. 2018. <https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/indonesia.html>.
  2. “AMONGST FIRE.” Vimeo. Justin Pelletier, 04 Dec. 2017. Web. 04 Jan. 2018. <https://vimeo.com/245681965>.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.