On current trajectories, She won't be right mate.
Australia has suffered extensively from severe climatic events including catastrophic bushfires, predicted by scientists to become more frequent and intense.
“Australia is home to a 10th of global species and is seen by many as synonomous with pristine coastal areas and an outback brimming with nature. However the country is increasingly exposed to rising sea levels, floods, heat waves, bushfires and drought”
- Anthony Cox, OECD/s Deputy Environment Director
It's regional communities more than anyone, who will feel the impacts.
Aside from the direct threat to families and animals of injury or death, our economic survival largely depends on our natural habitats and wildlife populations remaining healthy.
Our environment IS our economy
Tourism contributes more to Australia’s economy than agriculture, forestry and fishing. Nature-based tourism is the fastest growing component, with our unique landscapes, parks and wildlife a number one attraction.
But while Australia is home to some of the most amazing unique wildlife species on earth, they are being killed off at a rate unmatched by any other country in the developed world.
Fires which wipe out over a billion animals in a single season, do not help.
“Six Million Hectares of Threatened Species Habitat Up in Smoke”
- The Conversation January 2020
The Threatened Species Commissioner told the royal commission that the 19/20 bushfires were an “ecological disaster” for wildlife, putting previously “secure” populations at risk.
Plants and animals that weren’t incinerated in the fires, survived only to die of exhaustion, starvation or predation. Fragmented remaining habitat means it's harder for species for recover.
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Our Terrifying Current Reality
“Climate change means bushfires are increasing in frequency and severity and damp parts of the landscape are now burning with a devastating impact on flora and fauna”
- Prof Mike Clarke, La Trobe University
Governments are letting it happen because the links between climate change, coal and deforestation are well known.
“Scientists publicise their research demonstrating extremely serious and potentially irreversible damage to ecosystems – all ignored by governments”.
- Independent Australia, July 2019
A Report published in July 2019 claimed Australia’s rising coal and gas exports, combined with domestic emissions, could be responsible for 17% of the planet’s carbon emissions by 2030.
A newscorp survey of 30 scientists showed their overwhelming agreement that Australia wasn’t doing enough about our “existential threat to civilization”.
"Australia, you're being irresponsible to the extreme."<