Climate emergency emphasised by a nation on fire
The silence from critics of the extinction rebellion movement is deafening. Have they crawled under a rock to join our feeble minded PM and his cronies? A PM who arrogantly ignored fire chiefs warning him of impending disaster this summer. Indeed under a rock they can stay as we learn that half a billion animals have perished in horrific circumstances and some species rendered extinct.
We have heard the NSW fire chief state the RFS does not have the capacity to extinguish these fires. Are we about to lose the last of the eastern koalas? Why aren't we equipped with a fleet of fixed wing aircraft which could have dealt with the fire which started in Gippsland in November?
How dare the PM return from his holiday and stand in front of the press spinning fairy tales of economic growth and dismissing questions on the relationship between the fires and climate change.
Without a healthy environment we have no economy.
Irina de Loche, Ballarat.
I must admit I'm amazed at the citizens of Australia. In May 1940, King George Vl asked his people for a Day of Prayer and the nation responded. A good job too in view of Dunkirk and the subsequent Battle of Britain. In view of the enormous disaster the bush fires are for Australia, why ever not now?
Norman Viles, Filey UK.
Attempts by the climate change denial industry to attribute the bushfire emergency to fuel loads are of course absurd. NSW is in the grip of a multi-year drought - fuel loads have never been lower.
Mallacoota recorded its driest year on record during 2019 but is a wet and cool region with few windows for large scale burning. Moreover, there was never a time where the east coast of NSW was subject to large-scale burning regimes and of course such a notion is ridiculous in the wet tropics. Here in Victoria the idea that decades prior to Black Saturday the state was subject to large scale fuel reduction burns are pure fantasy - burning then was sporadic, poorly coordinated and on a tiny scale.
Penrith in NSW recorded a completely unprecedented 49C on January 4. Climate change has driven us into a hotter and drier summer and that is the cause of the bushfire crisis. The situation is only going to get worse and the time for denial has long since passed.
Patrick Hockey, Clunes.
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