The fires that have been spreading across Australia since September are growing.
Today, more than twenty people have died and around half a billion animals.
Among these are also kangaroos and coalas, which only live on this continent.
Many around the world are following events in Australia. They think maybe the devastating fires will it become more active in fighting climate change.
»The government has now finally asked for international assistance. Animals already at risk are dying. Australians are used to fires, but have not yet experienced so vast ones. It is common for them to have one car parked in front of their house and another one on the beach, where they could spend a few days if necessary,« said Slovenian Anja Kovačič, who has been living on this continent for a year.
The temperature will only continue to rise over the next two months, which means more disasters.
»Currently it’s the summer holidays in Australia. Many people were therefore not at work, but at home and and so were able to save their property or run away from the flames. Otherwise even more lives would be endangered.«
The Melbourne-based writer Carolyne Lee added: »Here in Australia, the driest inhabited continent on earth, the bushfire season started even earlier than usual, well before summer began on 1st December; and these fires are more fierce and frequent, as we were warned they would be by our climate scientists,«
According to her, the majority of Australians understand that humans have caused global warming, but the government does not believe this and continues to support the use of coal to provide electricity.
»Most people here hope this disaster will force our government to take action against global warming. So far, the total area of land burned in Australia in this season’s fires is 5.8 million hectares, an area more than twice the size of Slovenia, and a little larger than the whole of Croatia,« added Melbourne-based writer Carolyne Lee.
Points to Consider
- Why are people setting fire in the bushes?
- Where else has something similar happened before?
- Why do we forget about such events when the cameras are off?
The original version of this article was published on January 6th.