It’s a timely day for writing a blog post about climate change… a good day to be indoors out of the heat, dust, wind and bushfire smoke. Earlier this week we’d had some reprieve but the conditions have returned with a vengeance. These days and our summer to come -I believe- are stark reminder that we are the world we create.
Throughout our southern hemisphere spring, bushfires have burnt out hundreds of thousands of hectares of NSW’s wild areas. The Bees Nest fire burning since early September accounts for 113,698 hectares alone -so far- and loss of homes and rural properties, irreplaceable wildlife habitat, conservation and world heritage areas.
Bushfires closer to home have been burning for weeks, so far destroying 2,490 hectares of conservation and state forest areas just within the 20 km watch-zone from my house. Only a couple of days ago finally under control but still alight, today flared up again due to worsened conditions.
Four fire-fighting helicopters flying in and out all day every day… audibly, it’s been living how I imagine it would be like adjacent to a war zone. For the firefighters and property owners it is a war of sorts.
Carbon emission reduction is important. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions and resultant carbon footprint is the primary factor of climate change that has led to global warming. Scientists project even a slight average temperature rise is enough to cause a dramatic transformation of planet Earth with effects such as worsening pollution of air, land, waterways and oceans, more frequent severe weather and natural disasters, changes to microclimates, and higher sea levels threatening the wellbeing of all forms of life.
“a surge in carbon dioxide levels due to human activity since the Industrial Revolution is now causing an overall warming of the planet that is having impacts around the globe” livescience.com
Your thoughts? Comments welcome.
Between now and July 2020 I’m studying Certificate IV Permaculture via Tafe NSW and the National Environment Centre flexible online learning. Studying online, I discovered, involves a lot of writing. This year of study, I think, might lend itself to some blog posts… follow along if you are interested in learning what I learn during my permaculture journey.