Alarming pictures have emerged from Australia’s worst-ever bushfire crisis. We need to act now!
Devastating bushfires have been raging across Australia for months now, and show no signs of slowing down. The country is in the grip of a heatwave and a severe drought. Temperatures are higher than ever before, making the situation even worse.
What is causing the fires
Every summer, the country undergoes a fire season, where it is easy for bushfires to start and spread. Natural causes are to blame most of the time. But recent conditions are making the country’s fire season longer and harder to contain.
Australia has been getting hotter over recent decades. The hotter, drier climate causes the fires to be more frequent and more intense. Scientists have long warned about this.
Destruction caused so far
The bushfire has scorched the land, polluted the air and destroyed acres of forests. A whopping 17.9 million acres of land was burnt, demolishing 2,000 houses and killing 27 people. A billion wild animals have perished, a number that is going to rise in the coming days.
Organizations at work
The Australian Police, Navy and military have been working round the clock. About 3,600 firefighters are fighting the fierce blazes right now. The USA, Canada, and New Zealand have sent their firefighters to help.
Let’s help these organizations attempting to battle this unprecedented crisis…
Firesticks: Promoting the ancient practice of ‘cultural burning’ as a way to control fire hazards.
SEED: Helping solve the crisis by harnessing the voice of indigenous youth in Australia.
The crisis in Australia raises many questions. It urges the world to adopt sustainable measures, to fight global warming. Countries and organizations need to work together to conserve life. Each of us can contribute in ways that can heal Mother Earth. #ConserveLife
Written by Akankshya Mohanty, thanks for helping raise awareness.
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