Life and Nature

It’s the fuel

Recently my hairdresser claimed the fire disaster was “due to all the fuel on the ground”, she said “there has not been enough hazard reduction”. 

This story goes around after every major fire. It’s a comment which comes directly from the politicians and vested interests who gain from plundering our planet. 

Hazard reduction concerns, blaming the Greens, denying climate change, denying human responsibility to climate change, all is orchestrated solely to deflect from the real problem, and people are mouthing the lies of political leaders. 

When will we stop listening to politicians? Politicians are not in it for us, they are on the payroll of vested interests who want to exploit our environment.

Hazard reduction may be happening around towns, but there are not enough resources to protect every single town, and there is a limit to what we can do. 

According to our NSW LNP Government there has been more hazard reduction carried out in the last couple of years than has been carried out in the last couple of decades. I have proof, he is on video advising of this. Additionally, our time for hazard reduction in recent years, only amounted to a few months’ timeframe. Our summer conditions, previously lasted 6 months, now 8-9 months.

We really need to focus on the real problem. And this is the tricky part, the deflection comes from people who gain from the destruction, and yet, these people live on the same planet as we do, this just proves, big money clouds sanity.

I recently read books about Pablo Escobar, arguably the world’s richest man. Lived in Columbia, he earnt billions of dollars from smuggling cocaine, and even with all these billions he needed to make more and more, right to the point that it was the cause of his death. He risked his own life and the lives of his family, for self-interest.

The lies perpetrated by Governments on both sides are as a result of the influence of vested interests, coupled with the fist full of money thrown at media outlets. Environmental concerns are merely regarded as “green tape” to be scantily addressed and then the “green light” given.

The conservationist, environmentalist, small communities and individuals have no voice, they do not have large amounts of cash to fight and to debunk the lies to the masses. The vested interests win every time. This is why I simply cannot stand by and see those subtle little inuendoes being flooded on social media. I am told to get in my box, I am told to shut up. 

All individuals should look critically at the issue and stand up and be counted, together we can make a difference. 

What if we are right? The destruction of our planet is at stake.

What if we are wrong? Our forests may be saved, we will end up with a cleaner, greener environment and perhaps we can halt the mass extinction of our animals on this planet. We may need to do things differently, be inconvenienced slightly. We need to start somewhere.

As I write, we have had several days of cool weather, without high winds and a little rain, in my area only 3mm, giving the RFS time to do some important work. 

With the predicted catastrophic conditions nearing, the fires are, as the crow flies very close to us and tomorrow, we have a meeting at our local RSL for the community to be informed about evacuation and fire mitigation plans. You can see the huge fire front edging closer and closer. I am in mourning already for what we have lost and cranky to boot.

In the old days, yes there were catastrophic fires, but not the whole of the country. In the old days, generally when there was a fire, the RFS would go and put it out. 

I look over the hills of Mt. Gibraltar, Mt Alexander and over the ranges at Berrima and the back of Mittagong. I see the same thing in the bush. It is blatantly obvious the entire bush is a bomb ready to explode. The once thick lush landscape is dead, loads of gum trees and forests brown and dead without a word of exaggeration. No amount of hazard reduction will stop the unstoppable inferno. And if we do not heed the example of California, then each and every year will be worse.

The popular notion that Aborigines carried out widespread burning of the Australian landscape is a myth, research shows. 

However, notwithstanding this myth, we must acknowledge that Australia is substantially different to the times of the aborigine only a short 200 years ago. Houses and structures are built in the middle of the bush, land deforestation is significant and continues turning our land into desert-scapes, degradation of our waterways, and in turn turning more and more bush into barren, weed infested useless areas, prone to fire. 

We build massive coal mines, depleting our vital water from creeks, rivers and aquifers. We destroy our water with the extremely dangerous fracking, a method of extracting gas from within the earth. We have large farming corporations influencing our government to allow bad and dangerous farming, and water extraction practices. We all see this, but everyone is caught up with the same old myths.

Surely you are aware of the history of the Australian aborigine? The mass removal of children from their families to be brought up in missions, private homes and institutions? The mass murder of aborigines that you do not read about in the history books.

Let me say, not only will you find a small amount of indigenous people with the knowledge of fire hazard reduction burning skills, but the climate we have today, compared to the day of the aborigine is also significantly different.

A study of charcoal records has found that the arrival of the first Australians about 50,000 years ago did not result in significantly greater fire activity across the continent.

An international team of scientists led by Scott Mooney, of the University of NSW, analysed results from more than 220 sites in Australasia dating back 70,000 years, the most comprehensive survey to date.

Dr Mooney said their findings challenged a widely held view that frequent use of fire by Aborigines had had a big impact on vegetation and the environment in prehistoric times. Instead, it was the arrival of European colonists more than 200 years ago that led to a substantial increase in fires.

He said there were often calls after big bushfires for ”Aboriginal-like” burn-offs – frequent, low-intensity fires – as a preventative measure.

But this was not based on evidence. The new research showed that climate, not prehistoric people, had had the biggest impact on fire in Australia.

The message was that ”we’re really going to have problems in the future”, he said, referring to rising global temperatures.

The message? Significantly change the farming, mining and land use practices, or perish.

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