Our home - Australia has out of control fires burning country wide. We have now lost over 20 human lives. Over 1,300 homes have burned down across the country, with many more left damaged. About 12.35 million hectares of forest and bush land has been destroyed - to put that into perspective the Amazon rainforest burned more than 900,000 hectares. California burned more than 1.8 million hectares. That’s more area than the Amazon and the California fires put together. Our wildlife has taken a huge hit with over a billion animals killed. Our koalas have lost over a third of their population roughly 8000 have perished and are now functionally extinct due to the devastating effects of the fires destroying their habitats and burning them alive. Over 100,000 farm animals have also been wiped out by the fires. In early December the smoke was so bad in Sydney that air quality measured 11 times the hazardous level. In New Zealand you could see the smoke in the ski, smoke that’s travelled 2,155km (1400 miles) across the Tasman sea. Some of the biggest blazes have been burning for months and don’t show any signs of easing with Australia only just entering into its summer season. Normally temperatures peak in January/February meaning we could be months away from finding relief.
In early December the bureau of meteorology said our last spring was the driest on record, also in December a heat wave broke the record for being the highest nation wide average temperature with temps well above 40 degrees c, 120 degrees f. Weather conditions have been growing more extreme and for years the fires have been starting earlier in the season and spreading with greater intensity. 2020 is the year we need to change. It’s time to think about the impact our choices have on our world and to know exactly what we are supporting. The earth is different now, it’s not like it was 100 years ago. The land, soil and air can’t handle it anymore. It’s time to research climate change and find ways we can help heal our planet. It’s time our government and prime minister accepted climate change as we are now witnessing a climate crisis. Our prime minister Scott Morrison says “this is not the time to talk about climate change, we have to grow our economy” but what is our economy if our country is burning alive?