I am writing this on the final evening of 2019 in a motel room in Rutherglen, a small town on the Victorian side of the Murray River which forms the border between Victoria and New South Wales.
Rutherglen is not where I expected to be tonight. We were supposed to be in Bermagui on the south coast of New South Wales, however, it is right in the midst of the horrific bushfires raging in the south-eastern corner of Australia.
This photo is from Mallacoota on the coast near the Victoria/NSW border at about 10am this morning.
I have gone back and re-read the 34 blog posts I wrote in 2019. That is only about 1 post every 10 days on average. At the end of 2018 I mentioned that I was going to have all of my photos sorted in 2019. That did not happen. The content of my 2019 posts is interesting. They generally focus on my interests – gardening, cooking, sewing, op shopping and trying to be self-reliant and minimise our carbon footprint. However, the posts from the latter part of the year tend to reflect the increasing concern over the climate crisis and my personal connection to it. These included having a bushfire evacuation plan as well as growing food in extreme heat and saving our precious rainwater.
One event which I did not post about was the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) which has held in Madrid earlier this month. Angus Taylor, the Federal Energy Minister, represented Australia, however, his prime effort was to block any real progress on global climate action. As a result, Australia was singled out as being one of a handful of countries who set out to thwart the process.
I am reticent to use the word ‘unprecendented’ but that is the best description of the massive bushfire emergency which has been menacing almost every state and territory of Australia over the past 2 months.
Climate change did not cause the bushfires.
Climate change is contributing to the conditions which have allowed bushfires of the scale we are now witnessing to occur.
If the last day of 2019 is any indication then 2020 is not going to be a happy new year for many Australians. My fervent wish is that my fellow citizens are all safe.
Many of us have worked diligently for years to make lifestyle changes to reduce our personal carbon footprint but our governments will not take action. The Murdoch media and fossil fuel industries constantly facilitate climate denialism. This cannot continue. My New Year’s resolution is that I will take whatever action I can.
I make no apology for this post nor the fact that there will be more blog posts which focus directly on the climate crisis in 2020. These will be balanced with important positive actions. We must all do this together.
And one final comment. Please read this article from the Sydney Morning Herald.