I’m finding it increasingly difficult to comprehend what’s going on in Australia. I’ve read so much recently via twitter i.e. tweets and the articles they point to. Various photos and video clips. My eyes feel tired. In a way none of it makes sense to me. Australia is such a big and well-resourced country and yet they haven’t comprehensively prepared and planned for a huge multi-state fire emergency even though they’ve been warned about climate change for decades. I don’t feel in the mood for blogging but I do want to share some more about the fires. The lost lives and properties, injuries/disruption/stress, hardship, and loss of environment and wildlife is heartbreaking and tragic.

— fyi my title is one of the hashtags used in tweets about the Australian fires.

Fiery flower, photographed by Nigel at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 30 Dec.

Sprekelia formosissima.


The Fires

They’re MASSIVE. View this tweet’s footage via this link:   video


Where are the leaders?

The current Australian PM seems incapable of relating or contributing positively to distraught and stressed victims or even to firefighters. He’s now reduced to grabbing reluctant hands to get footage of handshakes. Things didn’t go well for him in the fire-stricken town of Cobargo …

This young woman has a little girl and is pregnant. She’s also lost her house, lost everything. Her concerns are brushed aside – all she did was ask for help.

Link to footage from the following tweet:   video


A firefighter who’d lost his house also refused to shake the PM’s hand but the PM grabbed his hand all the same.

Footage/more information in this article from The Guardian.

This footage shows the Australian PM with some of the people in Cobargo before he had to hastily withdraw due to the intensity of anger. It then goes on to the PM talking about the visit and again claiming that Australia’s doing enough about climate change.

Link to footage from the following tweet (strong language):   video


— from an article today in The Guardian, titled Don’t dismiss our anger in Cobargo Scott Morrison, we are the ones living through a crisis

“The inevitable backlash has started against Cobargo, with plenty of negative comments about those of us who live here.

For the record, the Cobargo community is a wonderfully diverse mix of personalities and characters. It is still one of those truly Australian villages where everyone can find a place to hang their hat.

It’s a place where you need to set aside a couple of hours to go to the post office because everyone wants a chat.”

Australia and Climate Change

I finish here by sharing a link to a perspective on the Australian fires and climate change from Michael Mann.

Intro to Michael Mann at the YouTube page:

Climatologist Michael Mann has been one of the leading voices over the past two decades in the effort by scientists to raise the alarm about climate change.

He was a lead author in the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and has written four books on climate change.

Michael Mann spoke to ABC News channel about Australia’s unprecedented bushfire disaster and what he calls climate inaction by the Morrison government.

Link to the footage:  YouTube video

Posted by Liz, flower photo taken by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)

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  1. I am in despair. I don’t think sleep will be possible tonight. We are watching the news coverage constantly even though we have been lucky enough to escape…..so far. Thunderstorms forecast tonight, which means lightning strikes which also cause fires.
    I sincerely hope that when this is all over, people won’t forget the inaction on the part of the person we have to call PM and he and his climate change denying government are sent packing.
    Morrison has belatedly offered some help, but I feel only because public opinion is so against him, and he will do anything to stay in power.

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    1. Jane my poor blog-friend, I’ve only just seen your comment. I’m perpetually astounded at events and not just the fires. Scomo’s ad bragging about his belated “help”, happy/clappy music, and Liberal logo rather than Federal Govt. The prominent “donation” button not for firies but for the Liberal Party apparently. Now fireys openly swearing at him on camera and telling him to stand down. “Vulnerable” people who weren’t taken on the navy boat from Mallacoota and were supposed to be airlifted but then the aircraft couldn’t land. There’s so much wrong, it’s just draining, and he just makes it all that much worse. It won’t be forgotten – and now so much of his callous indifference is on film anyway. I keep on checking Twitter and I’m pretty up with what’s going on. Australians are very stressed and very angry as well. Jane, I’m thinking of you and my hope is that you’ll at least be able to stay in your home, you have enough to bear as it is. Much love and I have you in my heart. Love and hugs, xxx


      1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Liz. I want to make it clear that we are not in danger. We have a massive fire not so far from us, but we’ve been very very lucky with the wind direction. My despair is for the rest of the country.

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        1. It’s ok Jane, I’m clear that you are presently ok for yourselves and your property but I have an inkling of that feeling of despair even though I’m not personally familiar with the areas. The combination of the unprecedented fires along with an inept and embarrassing PM appalls me more and more each day. Surely he must go, but then what happens? There seems so much uncertainty at so many levels in this crisis.


  2. It really is hard to comprehend not only the scale of the fires but the political mindset. Will it always be the case that we wait till disaster strikes before we act?

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    1. Yes it’s emotional. We have to face the fact that if we don’t take drastic steps to reduce emissions this will just be a small taste of what’s to come. We can’t afford to be stubborn like the Australian PM. And it’ll affect all of us one way or another.


  3. I can understand you saying ‘nothing makes sense to me’ yet through your coverage, you’re doing a great job of educating others. My understanding of the situation, such as it is, comes from your thoughtful selection of links.

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    1. On Twitter I feel the same thing Louise. I click ‘like’ as a thank-you to the person who provided the content, not because I like the content itself. I appreciated receiving your comment .. thank you.


  4. What you’ve done here and on Twitter is important, Liz – people everywhere need to know what’s going on. Climate change is created everywhere, so we all have a responsibility to find out what we can do. And Australia needs to get itself a new PM.

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    1. Australian politicians from the leading parties are in thrall to the fossil-fuels industry. Politics there has been toxic for a long time. I suspect many people who could have made decent politicians have kept their distance. Sad.

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  5. Thank you for drawing the threads together for those of us who are (fortunately) very, very distant from the action. As I said to you just now to you in my own blog, lessons have must be learned from the catastrophe that’s happening in Australia today.

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